Apr 4

Follow Your Dreams #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z

‘D is for Dream | Positive & Inspired Living A to Z’

There are some things that we do in life that fill us with joy. We could spend hours doing them and yet feel refreshed and inspired at the end. These are the things that we are passionate about.


In an ideal world, we should be able to pursue our dreams and passions and make it our life’s work. In the real world, more often than not, we end up making the socially accepted “practical” choice. I have ‘been there, done that’.

I pursued my MBA in Finance and a career in Equity Research – a field that I was good at, but did not really care about. I have always loved to read, and was passionate about writing. The only problem was that it did not fit in the socially accepted norm as a career choice in India. So, I never gave it a serious thought as a  profession. It got the prized recognition of being my hobby.

Only recently, when I started to blog as a creative outlet, did I realize how much I enjoy writing. Writing has altered the lens through which I view myself, and continues to challenge how I have defined myself all these years. But the sheer joy that it brings me is worth every single battle with perception, self doubt, and status quo.

Follow your dreams, and let them guide the path. Even if the destination looks uncertain at this point, the journey will be worth it.

Let me leave you with some excerpts out of my favorite poem –  Comfort Zone.

Comfort Zone-Anonymous

I used to have a Comfort Zone

Where I knew I couldn’t fail,

The same four walls of busy work

Were really more like jail.

I claimed to be so busy

With the things inside my zone,

But deep inside I longed for

Something special of my own.

If you are in a comfort zone

Afraid to venture out,

Remember that all winners

Were at one time filled with doubt.

I would love to hear from you. What is the one thing that you are passionate about? If you could do absolutely anything, what would you want to make your life’s work?

Lots of Love


This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.


  1. Shanaya, something similar to what you have written is happening to me too and therefore the jump into blogging world. Hope our dreams come true.

  2. I love writing and am lucky enough to be following my passion. I forget the world when I am in the zone,creating stories 🙂

  3. Now here is a post I could relate to just identical as my life. It’s the same four walls described in your poem that I wanted to escape and try my hand in a field that I was more passionate about. Dancing. Being an artiste.

    I visioned I could take both my profession and passion ahead on the same path until I couldn’t any longer and missed doing what I love. So once the baby was born, the hubby and I decided to take a call.

    Loved the post and it is all about pursuing your dream. 🙂
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  4. I hear you! I had written about this topic of following your passion and dreams ages ago. After all, we spend so many hours of our life working! For me, I love my job. I love being a psychologist and am passionate about it. I am also passionate about writing and ideally, I hope that in a few years, I am able to work part-time as a psychologist and the rest as a writer — freelance or creative! Only time will tell, I suppose!

    I love the poem Comfort Zone. In 2013, my aim was to get out of my comfort zone in all areas of my life. I love how your posts resonate with me! 🙂
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  5. Loved your post Shantala and my blog talks of following dreams all the time..
    Did you know I was an Engineer and for 2.5 years, coding gave me my bread and butter..But I left all that to follow Human Resources. A field that I am really passionate about. When I quit my job in 2008, many people advised me against it. To them, it seemed such an insane thing to do 🙂 Here I am today – Happy & living my dream! 🙂

    Your post made me remember those days back again! Thank you!
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  6. I can relate to this, Shantala. Writing was always my passion, unknown passion actually. Even before I had readers and when I scribbled down lines without knowing what I was doing, the joy that followed was something I never experienced otherwise. Well written, Shantala. 🙂
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  7. Hey Shanaya, fully agree with u on that. It’s all about what we love doing, did my degree in Economics, worked for some time as a teacher before finding my true calling in journalism and blogging:)
    Best to you and cheerz

  8. A lovely post and a very strong thought! I don’t want to give this different profession and passion idea to my children. I want them to believe that a passion can also be one’s profession. I blogged about dreams a while back. I’d be glad to point you to it.
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  9. I am passionate about writing too. Wanted to do degree in literature but was forced to join engineering as it was more respectable! Duh!! I am going to do degree in literature now, no matter what others say!!
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  10. I felt myself nodding my head at every word you have written. We have so much in common. Like you, I too did my higher studies in finance. Though I had a well paying job there, it simply wasn’t for me. I’m now following my dream and hope to continue my writing for the rest of my life. I had written about this sometime back on my blog. More power to you, Shantala!
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  11. Loved your post and I love the quote. Luckily I enjoy my job heaps but I also love writing. Bless the soul who masterminded the internet and blogs.
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  12. It’s a sad fact… Arts is looked down upon in India. The belief still among majority parents is only kids who aren’t ‘good enough’ choose literature or even commerce…
    Well, it is changing. And will change for the better.
    Cheers… keep discovering yourself!

  13. I found your blog through the A to Z challenge and I really liked today’s topic. I’m just about fulfilling a very big dream of mine: adopting cats. I’ve been longing for cats for a long time, and I’ve now just adopted 2 cats from my local animal shelter! I still have difficulties to realize that I’ve actually done that.

    I have been suffering from severe depression. Last year, I was at a psychiatric hospital for several months and I remember that I was talking about my dream of getting cats with the psychologist. And now I’m actually doing it!!

    I’m so curious where this journey will lead me. I started a blog on cats and mental health since I’ve read a lot about pet therapy.

    A2Z challenge. http://www.whenthecatisaway.com Participant number 1431

  14. Dance Shantala, Dance! The one thing I am so passionate about, the one thing which made my parents so proud of me! Oh much I miss dancing! Trained classical dancer for 10years, best in school and college and now as life gets in the way, I’m not able to take it further! Fingers crossed I hope I can, someday! 🙂 Lovely post. Made my heart go fonder!
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  15. I loved reading this post! And can so relate to it! I have also writing as my big passion, and happy to have made a living of it! My big dream is to work with green tourism where money could be led in to education programmes for kids.. I have a dream:-) thanks for sharing:-)
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  16. This bit about writing speaks to my heart and you have put it so succinctly! Sometimes life brings us to a point where it pushes us out of the comfort zone and then maybe we are fortunate in spite of the uncertainty.
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  17. Prasanna says:

    My dream is to become a published author, but sadly that won’t pay the bills. So till the time I can become financially free I have to work 9-7 in an IT job and find some time during the weekends to pursue my hobby. I’m sure that this is true for most writers.

  18. Thanks to the person who created Blog, where we could all live our dreams. 🙂
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  19. So glad you’re following your dream, S. I’m glad to say I’m living mine now. It’s not been an easy journey, but so worth it!
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  20. Shantala, a life without dreams and goals is a life without direction and passion. I’m passionate about Chinese food! Perhaps I need to open my mind to others dreams 🙂

    Mee (The Chinese Quest)
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  21. Hey Shanaya,
    I love that author name by the way. I knew someone called Sanaya in school, and then there was SHanaya played by Alia Bhatt in Student Of The Year. (sheesh! I digress!). I am a fellow A to Z April challenger. Super thanks for visiting my planet – Abbie’s Adventure Diaries. I am an East Coast resident too! From Maryland. I will be following Shanaya Tales!
    Dreams! What a wonderful topic. You and I share the same story. I graduated with an MBA in Human Resource Management and I am a stay-at-home landlord by occupation, but my heart and soul are in writing. One day time will permit me to take on freelance assignments and get paid!
    Cheers to our dreams!
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  22. I so agree with you Shantala! Loved this post. I am glad to say that I finally am following my dream of being a writer. Though I started dreaming after I turned 40 😉

  23. I am so glad you pursued your passion! It’s bliss to read what you write..
    Keep writing 🙂

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  24. Hi Shantala, I can very well relate to your story. Have always followed what my elders advised, but now love to write. Great post!

  25. Such a beautiful post and I love your poem I really resonate with it from my own experiences. I love writing and feel communication is definitely my calling.
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  26. Agree with you! One should follow their dreams but it does not happen that way for most of us. Like they say, love what you do and do what you love. Of course it is not easy to follow your dreams, but it’s going to be worth it, in the end! 🙂
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  27. I agree with you, Shantala. After I left my job as a teacher, life had become pretty vacant. But then, blogging happened, and only because of my dreams of writing. I simply followed my dreams and here I am,today, in a much happier place, than I was some time back. I fully believe in my dreams, and the power to fulfil those dreams!

  28. Hi Shanaya,
    🙂 Oh my Gosh… Your poem is so beautiful. Want you to follow your passion Shanaya, and it looks like you already are! I’m following mine as an painter for my soul, illustrator for children, a story teller of spiritual things. (A zone for others to enter so they too can be free) 🙂
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  29. Inspiring poem. It’s scary to give up a good job and try to make it as a writer. It’s such an up and down way to make a living. Your blog is wonderful and I’m so glad I’ve found you.

  30. What an inspiring poem!
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  31. I have wrestled with what you are talking about. Quite honestly, I paid a price for not working as a creative earlier in life. However, my nose to ground work ethic allowed me to retire at 51 so that I could take care of my elderly mother and two handicapped siblings. I know that is not paradise but I do love these folks.
    I just think people need to have a balance. I have met the starving artist and that is not a great lifestyle either.
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  32. Never an easy thing to do, Shantala 🙂 But if the time is right, our passion and our professions can align in the best way possible 🙂 So glad you took this plunge!
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  33. Shanaya, I swear I read this post before and commented prior (before the A to Z challenge)…is that possible? I can so relate to the first four lines of the Comfort Zone poem for sure. I have a couple of dreams at least: (1) to be a paid writer (2) writing at least one book, possibly two or three and (3) my alternative children’s choir. 🙂 <3

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  35. You’re so inspiring, you know that? Uplifting and positive! You are so right. The things that we are very passionate about are our calling. I agree on that! I feel most alive when I write, sing, draw, dance, act, make friends, take care of my children, help others… Thank you for the thoughts! <3

    Elizabeth Mueller
    AtoZ 2015
    My Little Pony

  36. That’s a great post and poem, makes one think. 🙂 The two things I’m most passionate about are writing and reading.

  37. I enjoy writing too… along with travel. I wish I could make travelling my profession 🙂
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  38. in a word, “ditto” would cover it. I too have been in those shoes and found what I love to to 🙂
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  39. Loved the poem. For me, it has to be writing. Something that can bring a smile on my face in dullest of times.

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