Following Your Dreams

Remember when you were a kid and you were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Chances are some of you said you wanted to be a doctor, a police officer, a teacher or an actor.

Looking back in my childhood school yearbook, I find I never said I wanted to be a writer. I always wanted to be a teacher.

I remember days when I would line up my dolls and stuffed animals, grab my schoolbooks and worksheets and stand before them as I ‘taught’ them to read and write. That is as far as I got in my teaching dream.

Your Dreams Aren’t Always What You May Think

There were times during the quiet of the day; I wondered why I never pursued my teaching degree. Life had taken many turns, getting married at a young age, and having babies my focus was on my role as wife and mother. While I didn’t regret my life, I did feel as if I had somehow failed.

Or so I thought.

Years later, as I stood in front of a group of more than 60 kids, a still small voice whispered to me, “Look at the faces staring back at you, each week that you stand here, you are teaching them. You are teaching them to have faith, to be kind, and to care about themselves and the world they live in.”

It was an epiphany.

It’s true; maybe I hadn’t gone the traditional route in attaining my dream. I mean there was no teaching certificate hanging on my wall stating I was a teacher. But there was a passion deep inside that had found its way to rise up and be heard without me realizing it.

“Sometimes following your dream reveals a more profound longing, one that is buried so deep within us, when it begins to surface, we realize it was the foundation of all our dreams.” ~ KatieMae

When I taught my dolls and Kids Church, I wrote my own curriculum. For as long as I can remember, I have been writing. Poems, short stories, children’s books, fiction, and any random thought that settles in my heart. For me, writing is the foundation of all my dreams.

We All Are Dreamers

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” ~Jack Kerouac

So what prevents us from following our dreams? I have found there are two excuses we come up with that hold us back.

What Holds Us Back From Following Our Dreams

The first one is the excuse of ‘not enough‘ – I don’t have enough time, money, talent, or experience. If we are honest with ourselves, there are things we can do to remove those roadblocks.

Examining how we spend our time and money, we can find ways to cut back in areas giving us 30 minutes or a few extra dollars to put aside each week.

No talent or experience? Practice and perseverance are the keys to this. If we dream it, we can achieve it.

In high school, I played the flute for six years. I practiced every day for 30-60 minutes. At first, I liked it, but it wasn’t long before I hated having to practice. There was even the time I recorded myself practicing. The next day, I went to my room, closed the door and played the pre-recorded tape, while I sat next to my flute to read. (Sorry Mom! My dream was never to be a concert flutist.)

The second excuse is the ‘too much‘ mentality.

It’s too risky, too late, too hard. But when we realize risk is a natural part of living, and we face some measure of risk¬†every single day, then this excuse doesn’t have to be a reason we cast our dreams by the wayside.

“If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~Ryan Blair

So, let me ask you. What dreams are you still dreaming?

What’s holding you back?

It’s time to awaken the dreamer.

Yes, it will take courage, it will take perseverance, and it will take passion, but like Jon Milligan has said:

“There are people waiting for you on the other side of your dream. Their future help depends on your present courage.”

 

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