Happy talk, keep talking happy talk
Talk about things you'd like to do
You gotta have a dream, if you don't have a dream
How you gonna have a dream come true?
The song floated from the stage and directly into my heart. “If you don’t have a dream…” How could a dream come true?
I read lots about people having dreams – taking ideas and making them happen.
I love it and think that their effort is wonderful and their ability to take the risks that are often involved in making dreams come true – or even giving dreams a chance.
What about my dreams? Do I dream and Can I make those dreams come true?
This is a question that I have asked myself on and off for the last few years. My dreams have changed from those I enjoyed when I was younger; or in graduate school; or a new parent; or even a few years ago when, in the end, I am not sure that I had dreams. Well, not really as I have continuously dreamed of the parent I want to be and that is a dream I am living and fulfilling daily!
But more than parenting – what about my dreams?
The words of the song encircle me like a warm blanket on these cold January days gently reminding me that there is magic in dreams. How have I let this idea out of my sight? I encourage my daughter to dream and eagerly support the dreams of friends and others believing that anything is possible; and yet, I have not taken much time to allow myself the freedom to dream.
Perhaps that isn’t true. The reality might be that I haven’t allowed myself to look at my dreams and try them on for size!
Because, really, I have dreams.
The funny thing about dreams though, when it comes to me, is the awareness that if I allow myself to see the dreams and let them out to play, I have to take the steps to fulfill them. I am not one that can inactively dream. The idea of having the dream of writing a cookbook or opening a little café or living in another country or starting a business and not actively working to birth or create it seems foreign to me. It is easier just to “not dream” than to take the risks required in making a dream a reality.
Yet, how long can a person live like that? How long can I pretend that I don’t have dreams beyond being the best parent possible?
How can I teach my daughter to reach to the stars and journey toward her dreams if I deny my own experiences to that end?
Modeling hard work and dream fulfillment and taking the risk are not possible if I don’t do them myself…
So that is what I am doing!
This year, 2011, my word of intention is “Inspire” in all its forms. And I feel and am inspired to take steps to fulfill dreams!
I am not only talking “Happy Talk” but I am dreaming because without dreams, I can’t make them happen… and this is the year when I make them happen or learn the lessons that the journey of that risk offers!
I am a little nervous and a lot excited… and I write this with a smile that reflects the warmth in my heart. It is going to be quite a year – a year when dreams come true.