I remember being a ten year-old boy, running outside from dawn to dusk. I loved to use my imagination. I loved to play outside and be a superhero or Robin Hood. I could dream up any scenario and make it become real in my mind.
Somedays, I miss being able to do that.
Around two years ago, I began to feel an anxious burden inside of me. I couldn’t really put my finger on what it was, exactly, I just felt uncomfortable. I loved and still love my job. I love my life as it was then and as it is now. No, this wasn’t about how my life was going. It was about what my life was missing.
My life was missing my ability to dream.
I think most of us can relate to that feeling of imagintative freedom as a child. There is something remarkable about it, when I think on it today. Somewhere around my time in college, my dreams became less auspicious and more reality based. Had to pay the bills, you know?
But there I was, two years ago, missing my dreams. Something inside of me knew I had to begin dreaming again.
It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Just start dreaming again and live it out! "Not so fast," my rational mind would calmly state. "You have a wife and a mortgage. You can’t just run around dreaming all day."
But here’s the thing. I believe I can dream again. And you know what? You can too.
Who says we have to stop dreaming once we reach a certain age. Who says your career job has to be the only thing you do to find fulfillment? Why can’t you work on a side project? Do that thing that really makes you happy?
“I don’t have the time,” you reply. I know, neither do I.
Over the last two years, I have slowly and steadily worked towards doing the things I dream of doing. I wanted to write more. Thus this blog you are reading. I wanted to write a short story. Hopefully you will read it in a few months. I have a few other dreams coming down the pike you will hear about as well.
The thing is, this isn’t just about my ability to dream and do the things I want. This is about you doing them also. I know there are things inside, big and small, that you wish you could do.
Well…why not try them?
I’m not asking you to quit your job or tell off your boss…I am asking yourself to look deep within and find that think you enjoy doing. That thing that brings life to your eyes again. It will be worth waking up an hour earlier to work on it. It will be worth missing a lunch break or hiding out on a Saturday to make your dream come to life.
I have starting dreaming again.
I urge you to do the same.
In efforts to urge us all along on our dreams, I want to give away one free copy of "Dream Year," by Ben Arment. Ben has become a dear friend of mine, and his book is a step-by-step guide to living out your dreams.
All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment below stating what your dream is and share this post with your social media friends. The dream can be big or small, crazy of easily attainable. I will select a winner and announce them in next week's blog post!
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