We are great dream killers. We have this innate ability to shoot down anything that isn’t easy or expected. Not just for others…but also for ourselves. Maybe, especially for ourselves!
When we were little, we were told we could be anything we wanted. Our eyes sparkled as we tilted our heads to the sky and dreamt of going to the moon and back. We felt special, believed we were special, and knew that one day, the whole world would know that as well.
It didn’t quite work out that way. We started listening to all the voices around us. Some would laugh at us when we shared our deepest heart’s longings for the “impossible.” Others simply scoffed. We got busy. Practical. We fell in love.
Somehow – the years ticked by in double time. We looked up at that same beautiful blue sky and wondered how we’d aged so quickly without doing what we really intended on doing.
We start doing what we are so good at. Talking to ourselves. Except the voice that we should cherish the most (our own) often does the most damage.
“You don’t have the money.”
“You have responsibilities.”
“You don’t know how.”
“It’s a long shot.”
“Not that many people achieve that status.”
“You’re too old.”
And more. MANY more.
Friend, will you quiet those voices for a minute to listen to mine? Listen closely.
“Have you even tried?”
Why not, try?
Yes. It may be hard. It may be unrealistic. It may take many years. You may be old. You may have to sacrifice to pay your way. But it’s your dream right? And who gave you that dream? Did it die? Or did it stay tucked inside of you all of these years?
There’s a reason some dreams die and others don’t. I like to label it “our calling.” You can call it fate, if you want. But we were meant to do some things. Live out some things.
And the point really isn’t even if you get there. It’s only that you try. So you will know.
Try. TRY. Just try.