I have a ‘love-hate’ relationship with the word “dream”. Not so much with entertaining dreams in my sleep – I kinda enjoy those. I struggle when it comes to “dreaming for myself personally” – If I could create something new – what would it be? If I could do anything – what would I do? If money wasn’t an issue – where would I be, or what would I be doing?
ME : “uuuuuuuh, um, uuuuh. Yeah, NO.”
I think it’s only natural with age, when we take on more responsibility, we become a bit more realistic with our time and with our finance. I sometimes feel as if my mind and heart are at war when it comes to dreaming.
As a creative, who teaches drama, and writes loads of plays, my heart wants to create and dream. Then my realistic side kicks in – over-analyzes, prioritizes, draws up pros’ and cons lists, and basically puts the dreaming on constant hold.
Anyone with me, and share in this frustration with me?
To add to that…
I like having a word (or two) for the year. Normally, this word (or words) helps to inspire; focus, direction, and something that I can work on, that will ultimately pour into every area of my life.
After a bit of soul searching, my first word I felt for this year :
“ STRETCH ”
It’s going to be quite a big year personally, and for us as a family. That will mean; stretching in character, some character refining, and being more disciplined in certain areas.
Doesn’t sound like a word or season that anyone may want to run into willingly, right? Stretching in character isn’t always fun, and not always easy, and it’s hard to embrace. Yet, it prepares us for something even greater. It strengthens and equips our character for more.
So in essence seasons of stretch and discomfort are good for us. As I was writing about what the possibility of this word would mean for me personally and for my family, I felt lead to my next word…
“ DREAM “
ANYTHING BUT THAT WORD….
I felt that even though the season to come will be stretching in so many ways, it will also be a season that will lead us to dream like never before. At first I paused after writing that in my journal. As I said I have a ‘love – hate’ relationship with that word. I love the idea of dreaming, but it also irritates me.. HA.
DREAM ON, DEAR DREAMER
In order to embrace the “dreaming season”, I know that I need to prepare my mind and heart for it. Which means asking myself those uncomfortable questions, as to why I struggle with the idea of dreaming.
Sometimes; personal experiences, life itself, or fear stop us from dreaming, and creating freely.
Which made me think, what stops me from wanting to, or daring to dream?
After some reflection, this is what I came up with….
- Am I too old to dream?
- Who am I to dream?
- Is it selfish to dream when I have a family to consider?
- Will I be able to pull it off?
- Will I mess it up, and will the whole dream fail?
THE TRUTH IS
- No one is too old or too young to dream. Besides, what good are dreams if we take them to the grave with us and never saw them come to pass whilst living?
THE TRUTH IS
- Anyone and everyone is capable, and allowed to have dreams. No one is exempt from dreaming, everyone (no matter your background, or educational status, or culture) everyone is qualified and worthy of dreaming.
THE TRUTH IS
- Some of the greatest inventors, creators, and influencer’s made loads of mistakes, and failed so many times before seeing their dreams come to pass. Failure and mistakes are all apart of the process, and help to move things and you forward – if you let it.
THE TRUTH IS
- Sometimes, I have heard elderly folks say that they put their dreams on hold, or forgotten about them completely due to putting their family first. Family does come first, I agree. But how do we expect our children to dream, if we ourselves as parents are not dreaming ourselves?
THE TRUTH IS
- I want my son to confidently dream and to pursue the God given dreams that will unfold over time in his heart. Hence, I too need to be able (along with raising my family), to confidently and boldly seek and live out my dreams. Maybe it’s more selfish to keep your dreams boxed up, collecting dust on the shelf.
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE…
- Maybe our dreams have the potential to unlock something beautiful in others.
- Maybe our dreams when birthed are a tool that has the power to; inspire, encourage, and instill hope into others?
- Who are we then to hold those dreams locked away for no one to see or experience?
- Maybe, just maybe we need to trust in those God given dreams, and trust in ourselves and step out of ourselves in order to make them a reality…
I am speaking to myself here. HA. Part of me is tired and frustrated with myself for being so silly in this area of life. But enough is enough I say.
If you are like me in this regard, let’s hold each other accountable, and make sure that we are rediscovering the art of dreaming, by stepping out boldly and freely.
WHO IS WITH ME?
Let’s start a mini dream revolution…