My husband and I have had a dream now for some twenty years, of owning a sailboat and sailing as far as our courage and know how will allow. Having this dream in the early days of parenting, added some imagined adventure to a life that was focusing on creating consistency and secure routine for our children. Now that they have grown and Ron has retired, the window of opportunity is open and inviting us in.
We have been shopping for boats. So many choices to consider, and all along the way, checking in with the feelings of apprehension about whether we can actually manage it in so many different ways. And it includes huge excitement about the possibilities in realizing this dream.
Do you have a dream that you have been nurturing over the years that is ready to come to fruition? What would it take to realize it? A change in how you see yourself? Who you are?
I admit to having to manage the voices that want to pull me back into the comfortable and familiar identity: the young one who grew up in the landlocked mid-west with a father who loved boats, bought artwork of boats, but never imagined being able to own one. Can I step beyond that identity into a new story of who I am, who I can become?
This is often challenging for all of us as we grow and change, allowing our historical selves to evolve into a new story, a new dream of what can be. What shifts in you are required to let that happen?
“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
In order for dreams to come to life, it requires determination, courage and a willingness to keep checking in with oneself to confirm that the dream is still relevant, or to let it change to one that is. And then to put one foot in front of the next and see how the universe responds. When things open up into a big yes, you know you are on the right track. Dream on, dreamer.