- Mental Health
A Dream Validated
The Dream Stork
As a little girl I remember when I first began to dream of all the things I would one day do. I would grace the silver screen, I would sing in front of thousands and I would race against time to make the world a better place, feeding the hungry, helping the sick. It was as though the dreams came from above, gently dropped into my tiny heart by a stork awaiting the right time to flourish.
My heart was so full of dreams then, and now I've reached this pivotal age of thirty where one cannot but help look back at their life, at where they have been and how far they have come. But its the journey along the way from zero to thirty that interests us most. Did we use our years well? Have we done all the things we dreamt of? Been to the places we always wanted to see? How many of us reach our next birthday and think, what did I do this past year? How did it all go so quickly?
So, with this is mind I made the decision to list those dreams I've had since I was young, dreams I've never dared to share with anyone else for fear of judgement, of failure of ridicule. How sad it is that we shortchange our true dreams and desires for fear of what others may say or think.
Its time to take hold of those dreams that are so hidden in the secret places of our hearts that they have almost been forgotten. And now I've figured it out! Our dreams are not there for no reason, you know what I'm talking about, that deep desire to do the thing that you are most passionate about for the rest of your life, to live each day knowing that you are doing what you feel called to do. When you see someone living their life like that, they have a particular peace about them, a quiet joy that says they know what they were meant to be doing and so they are doing it.
So where do we start? Well, I listed my dreams in my journal and have decided once and for all that I will test my dreams to see if they are just ideas of the fancy free or if indeed they are un-sprung blossoms waiting for me to shout them out of the dark. I've listed my dreams and then I did the unthinkable, I shared them.
The person you share your dreams with should be deserving, they should be someone you trust to not just hear you but to support you as you take the steps to pursue your dreams. Having support around you is so important, because dreams are not for the fainthearted and they can be challenging, but with the right person or people in your corner, those challenges are shared.
Then the validation, to validate your dreams you have to believe they are more than just a dream, they are and will be a reality in your life. You can speak them out and still struggle to hold onto them. Life as we know it gets in the way and then all of a sudden its been four years and you're still stuck on the same chapter of that book you've been writing or you still haven't enrolled in the course that will take you to the doorway of your dream. You make comforting excuses to justify your inaction but still, sitting heavily on the bottom of your heart is that unfulfilled dream that every now and then you can't help but snag your thoughts on and then your remember that one day you said you would unleash that dream.
So dreamers, become seekers! Pursue your dreams with passion, when doubt comes, keep your eyes fixed on the end and don't look back. No matter how many doors you have to walk through, or indeed how many mountains you must scale, is it not worth it to one day say I lived my life through my dreams, I lived doing what I was destined to do.
When I was a little girl, I dreamt of being a writer.