I'm sorry it's been a while since I last posted. So many things have been going on and I haven't been on the internet much in general. School started back up again but most importantly I've been working towards some goals. I have some really big dreams, folks, and so I am constantly buzzing around like a busy bee, always up to something, seldom stopping to take a breath. I guess you could say this is that breath - albeit overdue - for now.
I’ve always had dreams. Lots of ‘em. If I could give you the best description of my childhood self at school it would be an image of me staring out a window during class, head in the palm of my hand, imagining what my life would be like in the future. I was, to put it simply, perpetually lost in a daydream. (And then constantly getting bopped on the head by my math teacher, Ms. Medrano.) Ask anybody who knows me and they’ll straight up tell you - I’m a dreamer, baby!
And there’s nothing wrong with that, right? Well, so I thought. It sounds cute, until you get to be about my age; then people just assume you’ve swapped these dreams for “grown up” complacency. As I got older, I noticed that the world isn’t too kind to dreamers like me. In fact, it’ll do anything to pretty much trample all over any sign of imagination. Got a unique thought? Get ready for the doubters and their condescension! Have a big goal? “Well, good luck with that!” The funny thing is that these people will genuinely believe they have all the answers. What I’ve found to be true these past couple of years is that these people are great at underestimating your potential, but don’t actually have any answers at all.
Adam and I have a dream of being financially free and traveling/living around the world. To some that sounds like a decent goal, right? But to others, well – forget it. Wait, you’re telling me you don’t want to be average and live an average life? That’s unheard of! Yep, that’s right. Because average sucks, and that’s exactly what you get when you don’t dare to dream. Regrets happen when you don’t chase your dreams. You’d be surprised (or maybe not) at how many “crazy” looks and snide comments we’ve received from people when we share our plans for the future. I respect their priorities, and you’d think they’d respect mine (drinking, partying, and splurging right now are not some of them - and I don’t think they’ll ever be); however, again, you’d be surprised. I’ve learned that even those close with you don’t always understand or even respect your growth and change. When we made the decision that we wanted more to the life we were once content with, it raised some eyebrows. Suddenly our loved ones were either doubters and scoffers or supporters and encouragers. Thankfully, my parents and in-laws (and a core group of friends) have been the latter.
Yesterday Adam and I hosted a potluck at our house and the ol’ folks came over. We had a solid talk about the changes we’ve made over the course of the past few months and our goals for the rest of this year. I think they really realized how serious A and I are about our dreams and how the changes we’ve made have already made such a big difference in our lives and lifestyle. As my mother flipped through John Maxwell’s Intentional Living book reading the titles of the chapters out loud, she seemed to understand more than ever before: we’re determined to live a life that matters and on a mission to create a legacy. Our dream is to tailor our intentional life in the way we have imagined all these years. It was such a nice conversation that I’ll cherish forever.
I dare to dream because this is my life, and God gave me the glorious gift of free will. This means I get to write my story. When I talk about my dreams, I don’t skip details. I talk about them boldly because they’re not fleeting, wishful thoughts – they’re goals, stitched together into a plan like ribbons to a kite. And I’m holding the string and running with it. What do your dreams mean to you? Will you fight for them in a world of doubters? Do you want to rise above predictable average? Will you dare to dream?
I invite you to join me on this series I’ve called “Daring to Dream”, where I’ll be exploring the value of dreams and the importance of taking the leap to pursue them. It’s been a wonderful journey so far, and I’d love meeting some dreamers along the way and doing this together! It’s time we showed life what we're really all about.
* NOTE: the images in this post are not my own *
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