With Dreams Comes a Duty

I wrote a while ago about Destiny and Debt; what we owe the world, and what it owes us. That was just in ordinary, everyday life, though. What do you owe the world, if it does something incredibly spectacular for you? What do you owe the world, if your dreams come true?

I feel like a sense of responsibility, a duty, if you will, is bestowed upon those lucky enough to have accomplished their dreams. It’s kind of like saying, “Okay. You got your dream. Now help other people reach there’s.” We see this a lot in celebrities who constantly encourage fans to believe in their dreams.

But encouraging others isn’t the only thing that is owed to the world after achieving a dream – at least, in my opinion.

Take me, for example. As I discussed in one of my last posts, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. For me, this was a dream come true, and a truly amazing experience. I came out of it feeling somewhat responsible to do something about the cruelty sharks face, and on a bigger scale, the abuse that the natural environment suffers at the hands of humans.

This can also be seen in celebrities, some of whom use their wealth and status to donate their time, money and efforts to worthy causes.

I’m not saying that everyone needs to become rich and famous so that they can help others, because that’s totally not true. To help other people, or the environment, and to make a difference in anything, you just need to have the motivation to do so. Sometimes you can’t pinpoint the motivation; we rarely think about it, we just use it.

I guess my point is that there is always more to do. After you accomplish a big goal or dream, something that means a lot to you, take a step back and think about what your accomplishment could mean for other people or causes. Can you in some way use it to help them?

The world works in mysterious ways, but in the end, it’s a circle; what comes around goes around. If you are lucky enough to achieve your dream, don’t let the circle end there.

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