On Chasing Dreams, Wasting Time, & the Price of Progress


Old school, new school

Words by Tony Grands

Ask anyone that knows me, and they’ll tell you that I’m all about chasing your dreams.

There was a point in my life when I was younger, and all I wanted to do was chase my dreams. I refused to let anything get in my way, including women, money, weed (which I smoked LOTS of back then), and dumbass friends. Those things were just obstacles to me. I’d climb over, and continue forward, attempting to surmount any obstacle that I saw in my path.

Funny thing about chasing dreams, though. You only have a limited amount of time on earth to do the things that you want versus doing the things that you need to do. The window of opportunity allowed to do the things you want to do is substantially smaller then the amount of time allowed to do the things you need to do. Such is life. It’s a trip, no?

Time is a limited resource. As much as man believes he can outrun it, he can’t. The chilling part is that we don’t usually rationalize this actuality until it’s too late. Well hopefully, this helps you avoid too late. Go out there and get it before there is no more it to get.

Being that time is limited, when it comes to dream-chasing, it’s something that you should start early in life. I’m not saying that there’s a time limit on happiness and success, but come on man. Let’s be real here. We’re born, and sooner than we expect, we die. In the interim, there is nothing but opportunity and time, windows and doors, and any actual walls that are built to stop you from getting to the dream that you were chasing can only be built by you. That means no one can dictate where you go or where you end up in life. If you have a dream, I suggest you chase it. And the faster you go, the faster it goes, so tie up your running shoes real tight, bruh.

Young people and old people chase their dreams, but the difference is the amount of time available. If you’re young you basically have your whole life ahead of you. If you’re old, it’s kind of a crap shoot. You may make it or you may not. It all depends on the amount of time you’re willing to invest and the amount of bullshit you’re willing to put up with.

One of the main things that stop grown folks from chasing their dreams his responsibilities, ie kids and shit. If you have children at home who are going without essential supplies necessary for living life at a comfortable level, stop chasing your dreams and start chasing job applications. I’m not saying that you’ll never make it but you haven’t made it yet, and bills need to be paid. The hip hop culture loves a good struggle story, and the fact that you’re chasing your dreams well into your third or fourth decade of existence is probably one of the best struggle stories out there. However, you’ve got to take care of home first. Without struggle there is no progress, but struggle isn’t the way that we should live if we don’t have to. Look at it this way: if you make it its all good. But if you don’t make it, then what? That’s a simple question, but the answer is far more complicated the longer you wait to answer it, if that makes any sense.

If you’ve made no progress so far after investing time, money, sweat, tears, blood, so-called talent, you may want to consider finding another career direction. Progress is illustrated by results. If you have no results in whatever it is that you’re trying to do, chances are that you’ve made no progress. Look around you. Have you made progress? Or are you just wasting time?

Words by Tony Grands
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