How are those New Year’s resolutions going?
Yeah, me neither. Surprisingly, I’m actually not a resolution person and haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in years. I am however, fully invested and completely committed to the notion that we all have dreams and desires that are not to be ignored and buried, but to be pursued and sought after. That’s part of the reason why I not just have a completed “bucket list,” but also a continuing and ever-changing “Next List” that keeps those God-given dreams right in front of me.
This last year I’ve had the pleasure of meeting new people, have had exciting new conversations, and gained a new perspective on dreams, goals, and the reasons we don’t pursue them.
Pursuit. That is an intense word.
What does it mean to pursue something? And an even bigger question, what makes something worth pursuing?
Merriam Webster defines pursuit as a specific sustained activity engaged in the action of pursuing or following someone or something with purpose. Synonyms of pursuit: aim, goal, objective, quest, striving for, dream.
Pursuit is not only intention and passion, it involves action, motion, and movement. The difference between dreams and pursuits is that one is the starting point and perhaps even the reason, the other is the actual doing involving action and activity. We don’t just want to dream…we want to pursue our dreams.
Pursuing education is actually registering for classes, making financial arrangements, and sacrificing the time and resources to do the work of the assignments. Pursuing a hobby involves learning the craft and spending time doing the activity to be enjoyed. Pursuing a new job involves applications, interviews, and actionable steps towards change in employment. Pursuing a relationship with someone involves time, intention, communication, and risking emotion and affection.
So why aren’t more people being successful in their pursuits? Is it because we never start? Is it because we give up somewhere in the middle? Is it because fear takes over and we freeze at the obstacles before crossing the finish line? Is it because somewhere along the way we become okay with the current situation, even though we know that’s not what we really want?
Just a few weeks into the New Year with the best of intentions perhaps already sputtering into frustrations, maybe it’s time to take a breath and re-evaluate exactly what it is we’re pursuing and why we’re pursuing it (or maybe why we’re not pursuing it.) Resolutions involve a set time frame and often come with pressures to be perfect. No one’s perfect. The good thing about entering a new year is that everyone can use a fresh start. Entering into a new year is an opportunity to re-evaluate and begin or even start again on something that’s worth pursuing.
What dream have you buried? Maybe it’s time to pursue it again.
Pursuit involves a continuation of actively going after what’s really important… and that never has an expiration date.
Ashlee Bratton – author of the book “Life Before The Lottery: Living Beyond The Bucket” is a professional photographer, freelance writer, and (when she has to be) an inspirational speaker with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and master’s degree in business administration.
Along with completing 29 of the 30 things on her 30×30 list, her writing contributions include numerous publications such as Vail’s EAT magazine, creating a 56 page Visitor Guide for a mountain ski town, blogging and guest blogging, being featured in multiple newspapers and e-zines, and various other projects.
Currently, she keeps her camera in hand in Southern Colorado, is a complete and total foodie, and takes plane rides for fun. She likes things that go.