1. Enjoy the Process of Fulfilling Your Dream
How many people have courage to follow their hearts to pursue their dreams to the end? I believe that only few people have firm determination to go through the hell to the end of their journey and beyond. And the worst part is that most people give up their dreams, even before they begin to pursue them. If you truly want to turn your dream into a reality from the deepest heart, you must start pursuing your dream even if people think that you are too old to follow your dream, even if they say, “Wake up to see the reality and stop pursuing a pipedream,” and even when people roll their eyes or call you crazy. Even then. Especially then! As a matter of fact, you don’t need to think what other people think of you because this is your life; you just think what you think of yourself because being happy all the time is only your obligation in this life.
Furthermore, life is only one time and there is no do over, so why shouldn’t you follow your heart to pursue your dream? I do not see any reason for not pursuing your dream. And most importantly, making your dream come true is a lifelong journey and it will take a time longer than you can imagine, but it is worth to follow your heart and passion. For that reason, you had better enjoy the process of making your dream come true. Shogo Onoe’s Mexican Rhapsody can help you out of this.
2. Nothing is Easy in this Life
As I told you, making your dream come true is a lifelong journey, so you will face countless disheartened situations and obstacles, to be sure; however, you must overcome them, for this is a part of your journey to make your dream come true. Nothing is easy in this life; everything is difficult in this life, so is your dream. As a matter of fact, you will be tested to go through numerous challenges to expand your limit of horizon and willpower and also countless hardships to overcome your weakness to make your dream come true, as Heracles was assigned twelve labors – pushing yourself to the limit to see your possibility, as Theseus preferred to take the land route from Troezen to Athens to go through numerous adventures and obstacles. Hence, before embarking on your journey of making your dream come true, you had better determine to keep going until you reach your destination come hell or high water.
I decided to leave everything behind me to fly to Mexico for fulfilling my dream of living the artist’s life and becoming a writer when my Mexican friends asked me for living with them in Mexico to write a book. I decided to follow my heart and take a risk to start a new life in Mexico. As a result, Liberation: Seeking the Meaning of Life was born. This book is about the journey of making my dream come true with my Mexican friends:
Told with engaging prose and with honest reflections on his experiences in these two radically different cultures, Shogo explores how three passionate Mexican friends transformed his worldview, along with how his wanderings unearthed astute new insights into the meaning of life. Blending spiritual revelations and philosophical musings with a unique perspective on the incredible cultural and social contrasts between Japan and Mexico, this book is perfect for anybody yearning for self-discovery, exploration, and adventure.
Read Liberation: Seeking the Meaning of life to be inspired to follow your heart to embark on the journey of turning your dream into a reality today!
3. Follow Your Heart
I determined to follow my heart to make my dream come true to be an artist when I was 25 years old. However, I struggled in vain to write for over eight years and haven’t produced any tangible things. The worst thing was that I hadn’t been able to write any single line with my efforts. So, it took me for eight years to get started. Even though I did not show anything to the world, I believed in myself that I could start writing my first book someday. It took me for eight years to understand that I just need to listen to my heart, then I would be fine. Ergo, you just need to listen to your heart attentively and enjoy the process in making your dream come true. Yes, it will take a time for you, even to get started, but the essential thing is that you should enjoy the process in making your dream come true and keep moving forward to your dream each day.
Believing in yourself is the most important thing to make your dream come true. Without believing in yourself, you will be lost and discouraged – you will give up easily; as a matter of a fact, you will give up when you encounter just a couple of obstacles. As I told you many times – making your dream come true is a long journey, so you are bound to face countless hardships and disheartened situations, which you cannot simply avoid. However, if you believe in yourself and do what you must do each given day, God will take care of the rest that I can assure you.
4. Do Your Best Each Given Day to Change the Future
Making your dream come true is a long journey as I said before, so you must focus on the present so that you can change the future. If you always look at the future, you will be paralyzed since you will start thinking about things which haven’t happened yet. And you will begin worrying about many negative things and be discouraged. Therefore, you just listen to your heart, concentrate on the present, and do what you must do to make your dream come true daily. And most importantly, you must fucus on only one dream. Do not chase for two dreams simultaneously because you will get neither – As Confucius said, “The man chases two rabbits, catches neither.” Ergo, you must pursue only one dream that you have always wanted to be in your deepest heart and improve yourselfer daily to make your dream come true, then you will be fine.
I have always focused on only one dream for my entire life: being a writer. This is because I firmly believe that if one can focus on many things simultaneously, he can produce only mediocre works or rubbish works; on the contrary, if one focus on only one thing with all his heart, he can produce masterpiece which no one can dare to imagine.
Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance is a winning biographical novel of exploration and enlightenment that lingers in the mind long after reading, and deserves a place in libraries strong in cross-cultural and faith-based revelations alike. -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Embark on a soul-searching adventure and discover one man’s quest to Mexico for a better life.
Artfully written with flowing prose and profound personal insights, this uplifting novel delves into the rich life and culture of Mexico, following author Shogo Onoe’s remarkable story as he casts aside his old life in Japan for the vibrant cities and landscapes of Central America.
Read Mexican Rhapsody: Having a Second Chance to enjoy the process of turning your dream into a reality by believing in yourself.