Do you remember as a kid dreaming about what you would do when you grew up?
Did you dream about where you would live, what you would do for a career, who you would marry?
How’s that working out for you so far?
If its not going so well, what happened along the way? I’d be willing to bet that life got in the way. Maybe you gave up on your dreams, maybe you gave in to people telling you that your dreams were dumb or not realistic or maybe even you have two big things standing in the way of your dreams – time and money.
What if those things were no longer an issue? What would you do?
Do you remember that scene in Pretty Woman where the guy was standing out in the street yelling to passersby –
What is YOUR dream? Don’t worry about HOW its going to happen -I want you to just dream BIG.
Go ahead…think about it…what is your dream? Right now, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
When I was about 19 years old I had a dream to meet Elton John. When this dream first came to mind I got so excited that I started telling people! Many told me that it was an impossible dream. It also wasn’t a popular dream among my friends, so I got made fun of a lot. Lets face it, Elton John wasn’t exactly the most popular famous man among teenage girls in the late 80’s/early 90’s.
But, I knew that this dream was one I wanted to pursue so I set about making it happen by first choosing the most financially lucrative career I could find – I became a teacher! And I loved teaching!
During that time, I pursued the dream but one thing was always in the way – money. Some of my friends at the time – Discover, Mastercard and Visa – were more than willing to help me pursue that dream. But, in time, they wanted all that money back. “Money” can be a touchy subject among friends, so the relationship became strained and pursuing the dream with the help of these friends turned more and more into a nightmare.Time and Money are important commodities when chasing a dream. Click To Tweet
In 2007, I had the time to attend Elton John’s 60th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden. This also happened to be his 60th Concert at MSG – what a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity! I was SO excited about this opportunity!
But,I couldn’t take advantage of it because I did not have the money. The time could have been arranged but the money just wasn’t there. Years of bad money habits and not prioritizing spending had finally collided to create one giant, financial mess. I was mad! No, I was so very, very angry. How in the world did it come to this? How in the world did I let my financial life get to the point where MONEY stood right in the way of ME pursuing MY dream?
Well, the short answer is because I allowed it to happen – I allowed myself to listen to those negative voices. I allowed myself to give in to societal pressures to have more stuff. I allowed myself to believe, although I would never really admit it, that my dream wasn’t really worth it.
Are dreams worth it? What’s the point in having them and going after them to make them true?
Especially on a day like today, we know that dreams matter.
What IF Martin Luther King never gave his “I have a Dream Speech”? What IF he had listened to those voices that told him his dreams were dumb, stupid, not realistic? Certainly, the dream he had was NOT a popular one in society at the time. And yet, he persevered. Today, he is honored and revered as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
Those dreams you have – you do have dreams, right?
I SO desperately want you to believe that you WILL have those come true too.Don't you DARE let anyone tell you that those dreams are dumb or impossible Click To Tweet
Don’t you DARE let anyone make fun of you because of your dream –
Don’t you DARE give up on your dream! There is always hope that one day, some how, some way it will come true! Hope is only the beginning of your story. After you find that hope, you begin to believe again.
Once you believe again you find others who believe in you, too. You find people who DON’T make fun of your dream or tell you its impossible. Hope and belief help you to start taking the necessary steps so that you can take control of your finances, pay off your debt, establishing a savings fund for THAT dream and no longer allow “money” to be something that stands in your way. Hope and belief help you to prioritize your time so that when opportunities arise, you can take the steps towards making your dream a reality.
Martin Luther King’s dream made a difference. Your dream makes a difference. My dream makes a difference.
He didn’t give up. Don’t you dare give up on yours, either.
My dream? Well, I’ve been chasing my dream for a “long, long time” – 23 years. I’ll never give up. IF I had given up on it years ago, I wouldn’t have had such grand adventures along the way. Giving up means missing out on opportunity –
Like sitting at Elton John’s piano! Her name is Nina.
Dreams matter. Believe in that today, then tomorrow, then the day after that.
What is YOUR dream?
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