So here is the quote of the day:
“If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.”
I used to believe this wholeheartedly. Firstly, follow your dream. Secondly, work as you can towards it. Thirdly, recognize not every step is a breakthrough. Right now, this still applies to the work in my lab. We need to do what we can. Its not always going to be a giant step, mother may I.
Now, there is part of me that wants to temper this advice with "being realistic, ok?". No way I will get to be an astronaut. That was my dream at 8 and at 10 and even at 16 when the hard reality of "women don't do that, especially ones with -5.5 diopters of glasses" sank in.
My dreams have changed, and that is ok. What is not ok, is feeling so tired that one gives up on all of ones dreams.
Crap, its Monday morning, and there is Work To Do. Grants To Write. Students to Torture, Postdocs to .. well whatever it is one does with postdocs. Dreams don't fulfill themselves.