06 Dec

When we’re little, most of us want to grow up to be someone wonderful and/or famous: a brain surgeon, an astronaut, a professional athlete, an Oscar-winning movie star, a chart-topping singer, a bestselling author … and the list goes on.

Somewhere along the line, however, most of us begin to believe our dreams are not only far-fetched but unattainable. According to Webster, a dream is a “strongly desired goal or purpose.” But our parents, or brothers and sisters, or teachers, or friends tell us we’re nuts to think we’ll ever hit number one on the country charts … or the New York Times bestseller list. They lay out the odds, in explicit detail, against us becoming the first-string quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys or the starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

We buy into all the “good advice” about how we’re being unrealistic and immature and selfish when we plan to skip college to join a rock ‘n’ roll band or submit our applications to NASA.

My job here today is to tell you that all that “good advice” is bullshit. And those people don’t know what they’re talking about.

Doris McHenry

How do I know? Because I began living my dream on 11/11/11–which would have been my mother’s 78th birthday if she were still alive. Which is ironic, since she was one of the biggest supporters of my dream … while also being one of those people who nagged me to put my dream on hold while I attended to the responsibilities of living in the “real world.”

I always wanted to be a published writer. As in: a writer who supports herself with her writing. Yes, part of that dream was being a bestselling author of fiction–which hasn’t happened yet. But I am supporting myself with my writing. Exclusively.

Am I doing it exactly as I’d dreamed? No. Am I doing it as quickly as I’d dreamed. Hell, no. But am I doing it? Yes. Imagine how quickly I could have done it if I hadn’t allowed myself to believe all the garbage…

Then again, maybe this is exactly the way it was supposed to be. Maybe the lessons I learned along the way– and the patience I acquired and the flexibility and adaptability that are so much a part of my professional repertoire–were an essential part of the journey.

Here’s the lesson: don’t give up on your dreams. Even if you have to put them on hold while you live your life in the “real world,” take them out and examine them on a regular basis. Do what you have to do to fulfill those dreams. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Because if you do, your dreams will come true.



Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Inspiration, Just Saying..., Motivation


4 responses to “Dreams

  1. Patricia Stoltey

    December 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    This is so true. My dad talked me out of my dream when I was young. I wanted to be a writer. Instead I followed his advice and studied accounting. However, the dream was always there, and I finally got around to doing something about it after I retired. My first book was published the year I turned 65.

  2. Linda Faulkner

    December 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Way to go! I find it sad that so many people give up on their dreams before they ever get a chance to actively pursue them.

    When people are young, single, and have no responsibilities to anyone other than themselves–they should pursue their dreams with all their energy.

    Then again, as you and I know, there’s a lot to be said for a “mature” person channeling ambition, drive, determination, and sheer stubbornness.

    (P.S. I think a lot of people hesitate to follow their dreams because they’re afraid … of failure, ridicule, criticism, etc.)

  3. MPax

    December 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    congrats on attaining your dream! I achieved a few of mine — published author & although I have not been to space, I found an awesome summer job at an observatory.

  4. Linda Faulkner

    December 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    MPax: I’m glad you’ve achieved your dreams and had fun at that observatory. (Work SHOULD be fun, shouldn’t it?) Thanks for visiting!


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