“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
At some point the world tries to do it to all of us. Maybe when we least expect it. Or perhaps we are willing participants believing the whispers in our ear. Most never escape the world’s clutch, but occasionally there are a few who rebel, break the trend and deviate from the intended path. They are the one’s we applaud, admire, give affirmation too and even criticize, all the while believing we have missed our opportunity to join them. And yet, we all started out the same. A new life born full of dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Though, somewhere along the line, we became civilized, convinced that our wildest dreams were never meant to be fulfilled. So, instead we take on the status quo dream of America; settle down, live in the same community, have 2.5 kids, buy a house, buy a car, save for retirement, take an occasional vacation and fall in line with the rest of those whom also exchanged their dream for a much more safe and responsible one. And still, as much as we long to silence our dreams and find contentment in the now, for most of us the dreams still fester deep within our soul…..maybe it is to open your own business, maybe it is to serve at an orphanage in a foreign country, maybe it is to take a year off work and travel the world, maybe it is to adopt a child, maybe it is to learn a new profession, maybe it is to start a new non-profit, maybe it is to write a book, maybe it is to spend more time with your kids, maybe it is to learn a new language, maybe it is to become a foster parent, or maybe it is to open a hot dog stand. Regardless of the dream, most will admit it never goes away, we just do a good job of hiding it deep beneath our current life, believing it is but a dream, and yet we never stop applauding those who kept believing, kept dreaming and took the path less traveled into a place where their dreams wove into reality.
What is your dream? Why not ‘live the life you’ve imagined’?