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Make Your Dreams Happen
May 19, 2016
Question for you. What did you dream of being when you were a kid? Were your dreams wild and unimaginable? My kids are still very young (4 and 2) but they have some pretty wild dreams and ideas. Everyday they’re something different. My daughter dreams she’s a princess or better yet, a queen, and let me tell you she absolutely believes it too. Dear lord help us! One day she was all dressed up and I said, “hi princess Elliana.” She sternly corrected me, “I’m not a princess I’m the queen”. Oh no little one, mama’s the queen ha-ha.
And my son just naturally chooses to be a dinosaur or a superhero, even though his big sister tries to use him as her own personal doll, he will not allow it. He has his own dreams, dreams of flying and wrestling and smashing everything in sight.
Can you remember the games you played as a child? What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an artist. Thinking now, that doesn’t seem like a very big dream, but it’s what I wanted to be. I remember watching my grandpa paint and I was so in awe. I would think “wow I wish I could do that”. But somewhere along the way I lost that dream. It could have been a career or just simply a passion I enjoyed but I lost my desire to create. It’s so funny because I have chosen several different paths and not one made me happy. In every path I followed my motive was just to make a good living. I just wanted to make good money! I was actually on my way to becoming a nurse. I had taken my tests and was getting ready to go to nursing school but I didn’t enjoy it and didn’t really want to do it. A few people didn’t understand my choice but I just had to let that go. My heart wasn’t in it.
And so I have been on this journey of finding who I am. Has there been something in your life that changed you and your dreams? Did someone tell you that you couldn’t be this or do that? One thing I love about children is their imagination. They believe anything. I’ve heard stories of little boys wanting to fly so they put on a cape and jump off the roof. That’s crazy right?! Why in the world would anyone do that? Who told them they could do that? It’s obviously not safe and that’s where parents and caretakers come into play but I think those wild and dangerous aspirations can be useful to us as well. So much of our lives we’re told not to do certain things because it’s foolish and/or won’t get us anywhere. We’re told to “get your head out of the clouds”. Look at Walt Disney, he was fired from the Kansas City star because his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Imagine if he would have believed that. For a time it might have slowed him down but it obviously did not stop him from believing and doing what he loved.
Our “foolish” dreams as children can be so much more. Have you ever thought that those things inside of you at that young age can mean something? Maybe not everything because of course kids will be kids. I’m talking about those ideas and dreams inside of you that seemed to permeate through everything you did. So you’re not going to be a real superhero that has these crazy powers but maybe those desires are there because you want to help people or do something heroic. I believe even if we are in careers or places in our lives that maybe we don't enjoy we can still bring out those qualities that are inside of each one of us. Your dreams are apart of you and make up who you are. Make your dreams happen. Share some of your dreams as a child. Are you somehow living out those dreams?