Can I ask you something?
What gets you up out of bed, on a chilly Monday morning, it’s still dark outside when the alarm starts beeping at you, and all you want to do is switch it off, curl up and sleep some more.
If you’re like most people the answer to that question, is probably a job.
It gets you up, because you have to get up. Having a job is a good thing right? It provides you with an income to pay the bills, go on holidays, go out shopping, have a sit down dinner at a nice restaurant to treat yourself with. Those are all good things and I’m not knocking any of it.
But when I cast my mind back to when I was young. I don’t remember dreaming of waking up early in the morning to go to an office, working at a desk for hours on end, hardly seeing daylight, and then going home in rush hour traffic – to do the same thing all over again the next day.
I don’t remember that being my dream.
My dreams were of me, playing music, there were smiling faces of the people I would play my guitar and sing to, I made lots of people happy.
I dreamed of adventure.
Travelling to strange and wonderous places and making many new friends along the way in amazing new lands.
Those were the dreams I had.
I think as we grew older, many of us were taught to suppress our natural inclinations to believe we could be whatever we wanted to be by well-meaning loved ones who wanted the best for us; but in wishing to protect us from falling and hurting ourselves, clipped our wings, and grounded us.
What were your dreams? What or Who did you want to become? Do you still think about it from time to time? Or maybe a lot?
I believe the dreams we have, especially when we were young, are the purest essence of who we really are, and are meant to be while on this earth.
The reality of it is, many of us have responsibilities (rent, mortgages, families) that require us to stay committed to our jobs. But there are ways that you can still connect with those dreams and to the person your young self believed you could be.
I’m a big fan of lists! I challenge you to write one for yourself, a list of ways to stay close to your dreams and to get closer to living a life aligned with your dreams.
Here’s one I made, as an idea starter for you.
- Take a home study course on the particular thing you dream of doing or becoming
- Research online forums where people are discussing what you’re passionate about and JOIN IN the discussion
- See if there are any local clubs or communities where people are also into what you love, and be a part of that community
- Volunteer for charities that are involved in helping young people achieve those dreams
- Find a mentor to emulate or use as inspiration; Someone who managed to achieve the things you dreamed of
- Partner up with an “accountability buddy” – ask a good friend to keep you accountable for things you say you’ll do to get closer to your dream. Set dates of things you intend to do, and ask your friend to check if you get them done
What else would you add to the list?
My message to you is: Don’t. Give. Up. On. Your. Dreams.
Stay close to them in any way you can.
I’m a great believe that dreams are a “language” your soul uses to communicate your deepest and highest purpose in life.
And if you find, that you have dreams that won’t seem to go away? But keep coming back to nudge you every so often? Then maybe that’s your soul trying to tell you something.
Maybe it’s trying to remind you, who you really are : )
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