Two Teens And Their Mama: Make Your Dream Come True

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Make Your Dream Come True


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.

16 comments:

  1. Lana.. I love how if one dream doesn't happen, there is always another one to dream.

    Being a mama is tough but rewarding ... even though it can be hard to see through the teen years... lol... I didn't think I'd make it through my oldest but I did and she turned out great... now to make it through my youngest :-)

    Good luck with you dreams... I can tell you will achieve them ♡

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    1. Thank you Launna! My dreams keep changing as I get older, but I hope I'll be able to accomplish some more!

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  2. Please add visiting Saskatchewan to your dreams. :)

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  3. You are well on your way to accomplishing your dreams because you have set them as goals (well - maybe not the grandmother part!) One thing that is for sure Lana - you are a writer, and to not pursue that would be a waste of talent.

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    1. Thank you Susan - I really value that compliment coming from you, as you know I think you are an outstanding writer. Yes, the grandma dream can definitely wait for a long while!

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  4. I've always been such a dreamer too. When I was 7, it was to be a movie star. And I always quite seriously thought John Stamos would fall in love with me.
    At this rate, I'll look older than he is soon! hubba hubba
    My biggest dreams are to be a writer and a photographer, but maybe a more prolific one of each.

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    1. Hmm...well you're an awfully good writer and photographer already! Great choice on John Stamos...

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  5. And everyone wanted to get their hair cut like Dorothy Hamill as I remember. What a great post, Lana!

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    1. Yes, I really wanted a Dorothy Hamill haircut, but I didn't get that either! Thanks Carrie!

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  6. What a lovely blog you have! I admire your candor and insight into life. We all have dreams and I shared yours of wanting to skate like Dorothy, especially with that cute hair-style. It's healthy to keep dreaming in middle-age and re-focus our lives in directions that appeal to us. Honing your writing skills by blogging regularly is smart; practice really does improve one's ability. Good luck with your book and various adventures!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for the nice compliment. I've actually visited your blog before, and it is lovely as well! I promise to stop lurking and leave a comment!

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  7. If anyone can make all of those dreams come true it has to be you! I love how your mind works and your innate goodness that shines through your very skillful writing and I am so glad you began that blog so many days ago! Whatever you decide to do I'll be here cheering you on! Day #15 No smoking!

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    1. Rena, you leave me the nicest compliments. Thank you! Yay for no smoking for 15 days - you go girl!

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    2. RENA!!! QUITTING SMOKING IS SUCH A BIG--HUGE--GARGANTUAN DEAL IT DESERVES ALL UPPER CASE!!!

      If my math is right, you're finishing up day 19... CONGRATS to you, Journeyer! Keep up the amazing work!!!! <3

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  8. Lana, such beautiful dreams...dancing/twirling/skating and motherhood... I can vision you doing each of these things, that infectious, yet determined smile on your face...

    I'm currently writing a speech about the space that exists between our dream and our accomplishment... You're so right, we must DO...

    Thanks for sharing your bright inspiration with the world... :)

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