I am one of the lucky ones.
Some people go their entire life without figuring out their dream. I know people who, as adults, are still trying to figure it out so I know this to be true. I am one of the lucky ones. I have known what my dream is since I was nineteen years old.
My twenty-five-year-old dream is to meet Elton John, in person.
Some people ask me, “But haven’t you gotten his autograph?”
Yes, I have. Several of them, in fact. Each autograph was given because I personally handed an item to Elton John and he signed it from the stage then returned it to me. A few, I had help from other fans to be sure he signed my item. But getting Elton’s autograph is just a step towards the dream, it’s not the dream.
The dream is to meet him in person. That was what I decided I wanted to do when I attended my first concert, twenty five years ago.
What I didn’t know, at age nineteen was how or when that dream would come true.
So far, I seemed to have figured out the how – manage my time and money in a manner that allows me to pursue my dream. No one except God knows the answer to when this is going to happen but I 100%
believe it will. I believe, in the very depths of my soul, that this is my God-given dream, to meet Elton John. And, that there’s more to just meeting him – there is the story behind it. I believe that God has more for me to do than just meet Elton John, I am called to share my story.
The story of courage, determination, diligence, hope, and patience – oh yes, so much patience in the waiting, in the process and in the pursuit. Twenty-five years – I may not have pursued the dream diligently as I should have for some of those years but I never, ever gave up.
I’ve overcome struggles and obstacles, I’ve learned life lessons from one situation that helped me get further in the next situation. Each lesson became an extra brick in my yellow brick road I am building to accomplish this dream.
What was hard for me?
Going against the teachings of society to pursue my dream – who was I to announce my dream and then actually pursue it? After all, it’s one thing to have a dream. It’s another to actually pursue it with every intent on accomplishing it. I also had to go through reconciling the tenants of my faith with my dream – after all, I am a born and raised Roman Catholic. In the early years of my dream, it wasn’t “acceptable” that Elton John was my most favorite person. At some point, I decided that the very basis of my faith is this: love Jesus, love others. I knew that I knew that I knew meeting Elton John was and is my God-given dream to pursue. This is what I am meant to do, the pursuit of the dream is my purpose. The accomplishment of the goal will be the greatest life lesson ever learned and I will use that to inspire others. Part of my purpose is to encourage and inspire other people to pursue their dreams, too.
How do I know?
There have been too many “God things” that have happened, there is no any other explanation. There is no way I would have accomplished everything I have done in the last twenty-five years without God orchestrating every step of the way. My biggest struggle was in learning to follow His plan, not mine.
Surely, the biggest lesson He is teaching me is patience. Over the years, I have grown so much in my spiritual life and have a better understanding that my ways are not His ways.
In all honesty, for this Type-A, independent, strong-willed woman, it is a daily battle to be obedient to God or do my own thing. In reflection, I do see that God has been a part of this process every step of the way.
I just had to learn to believe I deserved the life He was calling me to live.
If I told you my story – what would you hear?
You would hear the story of the time I made that mindset shift to pursue my dream despite the voices telling me it was dumb or stupid and crazy.
You would hear a story of courage to go against what society was telling me to do and do what I felt I was called to do.
You would hear an inspiring story of overcoming struggles and obstacles in the way of my dream.
You would hear how I came to realize how God was patiently and gently showing me His way and how much easier my life because once I realized and followed that direction.
You will hear how I figured out the how and the why once I knew the “what”.
But what if you never hear me tell my story? Then what?
Then, you can read it, because it’s all written down. What started out as a collection of stories for my boys has turned into a memoir called Building My Yellow Brick Road: Life Lessons from Pursuing my Dream.
I hope it will help you figure out your God-given dream, too and apply the lessons I learned to your own pursuit.
Building My Yellow Brick Road: Life Lessons from Pursuing a Dream will be available August 1, 2017 through Amazon. Updates will be posted here and through social media outlets.