I've heard it too many times to ignore it,
It's something that I'm supposed to be
Someday we'll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.
--The Rainbow Connection, Kermit The Frog
I have had many dreams during my lifetime. I've reached a few, and others have eluded me. Some dreams I've given hours of thought to, and some I didn't realize I had until they came to be.
The very first dream I can remember was during the 1976 Winter Olympic Games. After watching Dorothy Hamill win a gold medal in Austria, I dreamed about becoming a figure skater. I begged my parents to put me in lessons, but there weren't any skating rinks near my home in North Carolina. I spent hours twirling and jumping around our living room, creating elaborate routines in my head.
In college, other people had different dreams for me. My family and friends thought I should be a doctor. I'm book smart, got straight A's, and had an ability to memorize things easily (now, sadly, I can't seem to remember anything). However, I really hate the sight of blood, so there went that idea. I wanted to work in fashion, so I pursued and achieved that dream.
When my first son was born, I realized that I had always wanted to be a mom. During my pregnancy I was worried that I wouldn't know what to do when the baby arrived. And....I didn't. On the day we brought him home from the hospital, my husband and I stared down at him, looked at each other, and said "what were we thinking"? But, like all parents do, we found our way, and within a few months I knew that my greatest dream had come true - and I didn't even know I had been dreaming it!
For the last twenty years I've been living that dream. I gave up my career without a second thought, and was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with both boys all this time. Of course, there are days that feel more like a nightmare than a dream, but I've never regretted the decision.
Being a parent is such a big, all encompassing job, and I have to admit that during these busy years I haven't given much thought to my future dreams after the boys have grown up and moved out. That day is fast approaching.
But one of the best things about dreams, is that there's always another one.
So what are my dreams for the future? How do I make those dreams come true? Just dreaming it isn't enough; you've got to DO something to move in the direction of achieving those dreams. I've always wanted to write a book. I think I have some writing ability, but the best way to turn a talent into a skill is practice, practice, practice. Ergo, this blog.
I want to travel the world, skydive before I'm too old, and learn a foreign language. I want to be brave, help as many people as I can, creative happiness, and live to a ripe old age with my hubby. I hope to be a grandma someday. Hmm... maybe I've given my future dreams a little more thought than I realized. Better get busy.
Thank you to my Style Me friend Leslie, who writes the lovely blog Once Upon A Time & Happily Ever After, for sharing with me that today is Make Your Dream Come True Day.