“Follow your dreams”
I hate that phrase, its so overused that it no longer means anything. But we do all have dreams. We have grand plans, little schemes and exciting ideas.
The things that we really want to do that we know would make us happy, but we put them off for another day. Another day becomes another week, becomes another year.
Then suddenly, something happens. The world can change in an instant. In the beating of a heart, the slamming on of brakes or a snap decision.
And in that moment, your dreams can become reality, or they can be shattered into tiny, irreparable pieces.
Right now, we can seize the moment, grasp our greatest wishes with both hands and make them happen. Or we can reassess, take a rain-check, face up to reality and accept that they will never be real. Then, we can plan new adventures without looking back.
The one-a-day list
I’m not a huge fan of bucket lists. I think they make things sound too out of reach and encourage us to put them off for another day. I’m also not really a list maker, I’m not that organised.
But I do like the idea of making a list of all the things I want to do and ticking them off one at a time. Not just the big things like travelling for a year or doing up the house.
At the moment, I’m finding it pretty difficult even to do the little things. Like doing some work on learning letters with Libby, buying a new swimming costume or reading a book.
So I thought that if I made a list of all the things I want to do, I can make sure I do one of them every day. So when I tick off something little, it can go straight back on the list. And when something big comes up that I’d love to do, that can be added to it as well.
And doing one thing every single day will make me look at the list. And I’ll see the writing fading where it says “travel” or “build my own home”. I’ll realise that it has been there for weeks, months and even years.
It will nag me and pester me, remind me constantly that this is my dream. Eventually, I will have to decide whether to get up, get out there and make it a reality, or whether to accept that it’s never going to be a part of my life and plan a new adventure instead.
When I look at the list and the big things get put off again and again, I will think of the day when everything changed in a horrible, earth-shattering instant. But we were lucky, we are all still here. So many people aren’t so lucky. So, I’ll seize the moment and we’ll do the big things, we’ll have the lives we yearn for.
We can still travel, build houses, chase dreams. Maybe not today, this week or this year, but we can still chase our dreams together as a family. And make sure that one day, they are more than just dreams.