Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are you afraid of? When is the last time you took a chance and did something outside of your comfort zone? I completely understand that it is scary to take risks and dive into unfamiliar territory. Ask yourself though; are you happy in your present circumstances? Do you ever feel like life is set on the rinse and repeat cycle? Wake up each day to your morning to your alarm, shower, have a quick bite and then off to work. You adjust to this cycle, its fine for a while until you start thinking “I do the same thing over and over again”. I know there are sooo many of us out there who are searching for more. What is stopping you from chasing your dreams?
I’m not saying you have to quit your day job or start a million side projects. I’m asking you to remember, pay close attention to the whispers that spoke to your soul. Go back to childhood, adolescence, and your young adult years. What were you always interested in? What sparked your curiosity?
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
― Anaïs Nin
It was in grade 3 when writing became a creative hobby. I was in Mrs. Obrien’s class and this dear teacher encouraged us to write daily. I wrote about absolutely everything from princesses, super heroes, dinosaurs and more! Each week I would have a book mounted on wallpaper cover and ready to add to my collection. In hindsight, it felt as if I was a little editor in the publishing world. It was such a euphoric feeling even at that young age! Not until my 30’s have I started to write again and remember my childhood dreams. Reflect on those vital moments of your life. What were you working towards? Have you kept that dream hidden inside? I encourage each and every one of you to listen to YOURSELF again.
A few weeks ago, one of my best friends called for our daily catch up chats. She was reading something unfamiliar to me. I did not recognize until a few minutes into our conversation that it was something I wrote from high school. Low and behold – it was a high school note from when I was 16! (Before cell phones, many of us born in the 1970’s and 80’s used to pass notes to each other as a means of communication) I was in stitches of laugher as she was reading, but it made me think about who I am today. This note was a reminder of how much I love to travel, and go for what my heart desires. Even at the age of 16 I had dreams to travel and see the world. That vision has stayed with me today as I have had the privilege to travel to parts of the world.
Things do take time and this is something I fully accept and embrace. We all remember that cult classic movie “Groundhog Day “with Bill Murray, is your life mirroring the movie? Are you at a place in your life in which everything is the same day in and day out? Believe it or not, you can change it! The thing is you need to have the desire, vision and complete belief to manifest what you really want. (Desire + vision + belief = Dreams). Take a little leap of faith; don’t wait for tomorrow, next week or month. Allow yourself to take those steps and veer off the path for a bit. It can change, for all you have to remember are those dreams. Lastly, thank you to my soul-sister for making me realize, nothing is impossible. Keep on dreaming and never for a second stop believing!
Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
― Lao Tzu