Saying it Out Loud and Meaning it


Following your dreams is super sticky, tricky stuff. In one moment, you’re Julie Andrews prancing around the house like it’s your first time without a girdle and the next second you’re curled up in the fetal position on the bathroom floor, shaking like a newborn deer, crying into a dirty towel you’ve been using as a bath mat. It’s emotional stuff.

julia andrews

This is what following your dreams looks like…

You know what the hardest part is sometimes? Saying it out loud. Admitting that you’re pathetic enough to dream. You have a childhood dream that you still strive to achieve!?! Off with your head, stupid, naive one! How dare you believe life should be filled to the brim with meaning and intent! Become a receptionist! Go into childcare — you’re a woman, you’d be super good at it! Well yeah, I am super good at it. But I’m also super good at eating an entire box of almond milk ice cream bars and blowing bubbles off my tongue so what are you trying to say?

The first step is saying it out loud and meaning it and not caring about that time Amy Poehler joked in an interview about there being no more room for funny writers in Hollywood. So yeah, that’s what I’m gonna do.

Fabrice Tourre

Shoulda given him to Nascar…

Your dream also can’t be getting filthy stinkin’ rich the quickest way possible because that’s a cop out and it’s a destination not an action. Being able to pay your bills, sure that’s a dream. Buying your mom a house to repay her for her love and support, of course that’s a dream. But allowing “getting rich” to be a dream is only allowing people like Fabrice Tourre to exist. Fabrice Tourre — you can call him “Fabulous Fab” — didn’t dream of making millions of dollars by selling bogus mortgage bonds to, in his words, “widows and orphans that [he] ran into at the airport.” Do you think this little sleezeball was using his Monopoly money at age six to trick people into buying shit? No, he was driving toy cars around his mother’s couch. Fabrice and guys like him were risk takers as little boys but instead of telling them to follow their dreams as Nascar drivers or Hollywood stunt men we allowed them to play risk with our money. And then we got mad when they lost it all.

So dreams will save us in the end…. Dreams help us not be douche bags in that they’re meaningful goals. Kanye and Jay-Z may sing about all the cash money they’re making but you know what? They’re living out their frigan dreams, man. (And if you’ve seen the Keeping up with the Kardashians scene with Kim and Kanye organizing her closet, you know he’s an actual human being and not just a bloated head with metal chains hanging down.

dream spongebobPeople are more genuine and honest following their dreams. They may be honestly douchey or genuinely a dick but at least it’s transparent — at least they’re not massaging your shoulders as they slowly steal the wallet out yo’ pocket.

Hello, my name is Aly and I have a dream. I dream about writing words and making people laugh. I dream about writing a show that a sixteen-year-old girl and a thirty-year-old guy can both laugh at. I dream of creating the next Abed character and working with Amy Poehler and maybe someday showing her my “Kaitlin” impression because it used to make the kids at work laugh.

And if you still don’t believe me, watch this guy change your mind/life (SO WORTH IT):


What’s your real dream?

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35 responses to “Saying it Out Loud and Meaning it

  1. Love your dreams! Can’t stop thinking about Julie Andrews without a girdle.

  2. keep dreaming!! good stuff!

  3. Those are all dreams worth having!

  4. You’re already writing words and making people laugh.

  5. Isn’t following your dreams the same as setting goals? Without dreams, life would be boring and unproductive.

  6. Definitely worth having a dream (or six)

  7. Nice! I’d love to be a professional blogger. With cats. LOTS OF CATS.

  8. Thanks for the clear picture of how we all look both ways. I spit laughed.

  9. I love a dreamer! I think I turned into one at age 40.

  10. Is the sobbing towel the one you wrote about in your Walmart post? The one that says “fun” on it? That’s just wrong. The fun towel should never be the recipient of tears. You’re an excellent writer. Keep chasing your dreams.

    • You remembered my “fun” towel. I wish there was an appropriate way for me to brag about you remembering my towel because yes, it was the same one. Thank you, new favorite person.

  11. Keeping site of the dream can be tough. Great post…I would venture to say you have met the funny writer part of the dream.

  12. Some days my goal is to figure out a goal!

  13. I love, love, love Randy Pauch’s Last Lecture. I loved it so much that I watched it twice and then went out and bought his book that now sits on the shelf right above my desk at work as a reminder to never forget to dream.

    • Amazing I love hearing that! I just watched it again the other day and watched another of his lectures about time management. So life changing. Such an inspiration– I didn’t know he had a book I’m picking that up ASAP.

  14. I love your dreams and want to see you realize them, because you’re funny and I need a new show. And a new Abed.

  15. Love, love, love that video of Randy Pausch! I have seen it a million times and it never gets old.
    Good luck acheiving your goals! You can do it!

  16. This is awesome. As I go back and forth on my grad school/future career paths, I can always use a little inspiration in between the ever-more-frequent meltdowns. They’re like contractions right? When they get close enough together, I’ll birth a clear and articulated idea about what I want to do with my life?

    I love your dream! I’m still working on figuring mine out and saying it out loud, but I know I’ll get there. Can’t wait to watch your show someday!

  17. This is awesome, well said. Risk takers like Fabrice, Kayne, and every pro-athlete/person-who-takes-extreme-risk-going-off-the-beaten-path either will crash and burn trying to live their dreams or make it and live their life on their terms. Sometimes just settling into a role or “brand” is waaaaaaayyyyyyy overrated. After all, Fortune Favors The Bold.

  18. Cindy - The Reedster Speaks

    I needed this post today. Because this is my dream too: “I dream about writing words and making people laugh.” I also dream about saying them out loud in public and making people laugh. And as part of that dream, my kids still have food and shelter n’ stuff. Let’s make it happen.

    • Seriously. The saying it in public is the hard part… That’s what I am slowly working on. The whole food/shelter thing is the other hard part (times a million with kids, I’m sure). But we can do this.

  19. Brilliant post! It’s odd, thinking about it, how often people say what their dream is with a kind of embarrassed laugh, when their dreams are actually awesome!

  20. From one dreamer to another, I hear you! I am unemployed and “following my dream,” and let me tell you – it’s rough out there! We need each other for encouragement, us dreamers. 😉 Good luck!

  21. Oh, dreams… Right now my dream is that 2014 is way better than 2013. Of course, almost anything is way better than 2013 for me…

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