Are you a dreamer? Do you still have dreams for your future or did you allow your ability to dream to die when you began “adulting”. Why is it that as child, almost all of us were told we can be absolutely anything in the world, but as adults, we are pigeon holed into a specific category. First of all, who decided that? And why did we think it was OK to go along with that plan? Seems like we are the ones who have lost out.
Have you ever just sat quietly and listened to children play? I love when they engage in dramatic play and allow themselves to stray off into unknown worlds. They aren’t limited by conceptual thinking…therefore, they don’t care if someone tells them that is impossible…children believe in their world and as a result, they bring it to life!
This is not about the dreams we have when we sleep. I am talking about the deepest pull within your soul telling you to do more and to be more. Think back to when you were a child. What did you want to be when you grew up? I initially wanted to be a singer…unfortunately, I can’t carry a tune, but I still sing loudly and proudly.
I also wanted to be a writer, but you know what? I gave up on that dream for years. Hence, I got lost in the world of expectations and let my dreams flit away. Every once in a while, I would write a poem or newsletter article and every time I did, that fire started burning a little stronger. One day I couldn’t suppress that dream anymore and I took a chance on a job interview and history was changed. Today, I still want to write a book, and as a result, I believe that is going to happen. However, had I suppressed my dreams, seems like I would be blocking out a large portion of who I am.
Rekindle Your Fire
If you have let your flame burn out, you can get it back. How?
- Rekindle your romance with your passion. Think back to what makes you come alive and do that!
- Allow yourself some downtime to just BE. Stop over-scheduling yourself with things you don’t want to do and events your don’t want to participate in. Say no to others and yes to yourself. Just BE and allow your thoughts to wander…what are you drawn to?
- Revisit a craft. Are you musically inclined? Do you enjoy coloring? Are you a great singer? Did you used to journal? Do it again! Pick up the pencil, hum a tune, or go build something!
- Take a class. Sign up for a pottery or painting class. Challenge yourself and revisit your senses, therefore allowing yourself to travel back in time and open those locked doors within yourself.
Too often we stop dreaming because we have convinced ourselves that we aren’t worthy of success. Somewhere someone may have told us we weren’t good enough. Don’t let someone else dictate your future, it’s not theirs to do so. Allow yourself to dream and most of all, be kind to yourself. Finally, God gave you a talent, consequently, it is your job is to tap into that talent and share it with others.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”
– Mae Jemison
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt