What do you want to be when you grow up? Oh wait – we are all already grownups arent we?
For as far back as I can remember, all I wanted to be when I grew up was a Veterinarian. That, you could say, was my dream. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do – right up until first semester of College in Biology class. Then, I changed my mind.
I LOVE animals but I realized right then that I didn’t want to be in College for more than four years. So, I switched my major to Special Education and became a teacher, then a dog rescuer, then a wife and a mom. Three years ago, I added Entrepreneur to my list.
As I grew up, my dreams changed. I lived life and just followed along, allowing dreams to ebb and flow as my life circumstances changed. When situations presented themselves THEN I dreamed about what it would be like.
I dared to dream and then put a plan into place to make them happen.
Confession? When I was little, I never dreamed I would grow up to get married, have kids and own my own business. I suppose I knew that eventually those things would happen but my focus and life purpose was only on becoming a Veterinarian. BUT, I allowed myself to be open to the idea and the possibility of those things happening. Once I met my husband, I dreamed of getting married. Once I found out I was pregnant, I dreamed about being a mom. Once somebody said, “You should start your own business” I dreamed about how I would make that happen. Maybe that’s a little backwards? But that’s how it happened. I like the safety of dreaming when I sort of already know its going to come true.
There are many times in life where having a dream and living a dream are two different things. Life gets hard. Relationships take time and work, parenting is a constant work in progress. Starting my own company has its good days and bad days.
Lucky for me, there are more good days than bad days. But on the bad days, I remember one of my most favorite movies and sometimes, even watch this clip:
Rudy had the dream to play for Notre Dame and he did whatever it took to make it happen! What an inspiration!
THAT is why dreams matter – because YOU and I have the opportunity to inspire others.
To me, it doesn’t matter if our dreams come along because of life circumstances or because of something born of one experience – the dream matters. It matters to you, to those around you and to everyone who hears your story.
For the last 23 years, there is one dream I have that I really, really hope comes true. I want to meet Elton John. This dream came was born from the first concert I ever attended in 1992. Is it a “safe” dream? No. Is it a crazy what-are-you-thinking kind of dream? Yes. In this area of my life – nothing is too crazy or too outside-the-box when it comes to Elton.
I have gotten his autograph several times and a high five from the stage but the experiences I have had along the way of pursuing this dream have been surreal.
This is me, sitting at Sir Elton John’s piano. Her name is “Nina” and it was the piano he played at The Barclay’s Center concert in Brooklyn, NY on New Years Eve. It was my 27th concert in 22 years.
Twenty two years is a long, long time ( see what I did there? ) to pursue a dream that in reality, might not ever come true. But, I love the adventure, the travel, meeting new people AND I’ve personally met EVERY member of the band! That’s exciting!
Why does this matter? Well, because as I chase my dream, others are inspired to chase theirs too. And, I meet other people who have achieved their dream. Maybe its not meeting Elton ( although I now know people who have ) but it was a dream nonetheless and I am inspired by their stories.
I’m NOT just sitting around going “I wish I could meet Elton” and not doing anything and everything in my power to make that happen. Dreams don’t just “come true” – you have to work at it and be ready to take advantage of opportunity.
Your dreams matter – no matter how big or small or seemingly insignificance they might be. Your dream is YOURS. Some may say that your dream is your life’s purpose, the reason God put you on this earth
What is your dream? Do you dare to even think about it?
It’s not too late to give it some thought, write it down, share it with others. Go ahead and dream –
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