As a child, when you found a penny would you pick it up, squeeze it tight while you made a wish before throwing it into a fountain? Did you wish to become a princess, fireman or unicorn breeder? Maybe it was something much simpler like eating pizza for dinner or baking cookies on Saturday morning instead of practicing piano.
As we get older, we go through a number of experiences that can deflate, inhibit or defeat our dreams.
My father worked as a general labourer all of his life. Coming from absolutely nothing, his hardships were very real. His greatest passion? Baseball. He was the one who taught me how to swing, pitch and catch. My dad would rather spend his time watching it on TV than at the field, refusing to pay a penny for a game. The last time he was there? 22 years ago, when the Jays were good.
For his birthday, I took him to watch Game 5 of the ALCS between the Jays and Royals. When we got to our seats, he took a moment to himself to look at his surroundings and said, “This is beautiful” (and I was in shock). The man who I know as always being stern and stoic caught feelings 😮
Realizing his lifelong dream of attending a post-season game and seeing the joy on his face was absolutely priceless.
We all have dreams and can easily talk ourselves out of them because they seem too risky or perceived as unrealistic. We can try to forget or bury them deep within our unconscious until that spark appears again.
Are you comfortable settling for something you believe is the right thing but deep down, you know it’s not? Would you be ok to live life without trying to realize that goal or dream?
If your answer is no, then take control and take action.
Take time to think about what you really want to achieve and make the necessary strides to accomplish them. Fear is completely natural but don’t let it dissuade you. Try to enjoy the hiccups, obstacles and challenges for what they are – temporary set-backs.
No matter how big or small your dreams, get out there and make them come true.