Have you any dreams you’d like to share?
You’re born and then your parents brought you home from the hospital. They fed you and cared for your every need. They taught you to walk and talk and then the fun began. All you wanted to do was to explore your world. You needed to know what everything felts like, tasted like and what it did.
Our parents, ever fearful, tried to get you to sit down and be quiet. “Don’t run in the house!” “You could put an eye out with that thing!” “Don’t put your finger in the outlet!”
Brush your teeth, flush the toilet, color inside the lines and the list of things to do and not to do grew every day.
Even with all of that going on, you somehow found the time to have dreams of what your life could be like. You’re going to grow up to be an astronaut or a fireman. You were going to travel the world and see the 7 Wonders. You would own a car for every day of the week. You were going to live in a mansion with a swimming pool. Life was going to be great.
Your parents did the best they could. They told you to go school and get a good job. If you have a good job, you would have security. Apparently, security is the be all and end of of the working world and the rest of life too.
You went to college and graduated. You got yourself a good paying job. You made your parents happy. At least you weren’t going to be moving back in with them. That always makes a parent happy!
Odds are that you didn’t grow up to be an astronaut or a fireman. Okay, so you compromised on one thing. You still have visions of driving a different car every day of the week. The problem is that on your salary you can’t afford to buy 7 cars. Oh yeah, you probably can’t afford that mansion either.
Thus begins your life of compromise.
You wake up every morning, pour that first cup of coffee and read the newspaper, before going to work. You work with a bunch of people who are just like you. They, too, had dreams that they gave up on, years ago. You do your 8 hours for that soul sucking boss who doesn’t care about you or your dreams. The only thing that they care about is the bottom line.
You go home, fix dinner. You sit down to watch the evening news and you find out about all the wars and rumors of wars around the world. You hear about the death and destruction around the country and how someone somewhere is trying to figure out a solution to all of these life and death problems.
Zig Ziglar said it best, “You are who you are and you are where you are because of what’s gone into your mind.”
Who do you think that you’ll be and where are you going to be after a few years of living that kind of life? With all of that negativity being poured into your mind, will you be on your way to achieving your dreams or will you be a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer?
You can change a few of the details, but this is the kind of life that most people end up living. Most people will be happy enough with it. There are those that think that they’d like to change their lives and then there are those that are willing to make a real effort to change it.
Have you learned to live half a life? That’s the half without realized dreams. Or are you ready to fulfill your dreams?
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