“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
As we head into a new year, it can be tempting to focus on how we will try to better conform to who others think we should be or to better squeeze ourselves into a “safe,” confined life. What if you were to dream larger and aim for becoming a bigger, more outrageous, more authentic version of yourself instead? What would that look like for you?
“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked.
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
We have to let go of what we know and are comfortable with to reach for our dreams. That always means facing risk and the discomfort of change.
But your dreams are worth it! What do you need to let go of in order to transform into who you want to be?
“Hope doesn’t mean counting on one’s dreams coming true. Hope means being willing to entertain dreams in the first place—but without being so in love with them as to give up the present beauty in hopes of something better.” ~Molly Wolf, in A Place Like Any Other
I so often get caught up in my hopes and dreams for the future that I discount the beauty of the present moment right in front of me. I spent my whole life dreaming of a future that I believe will somehow be better and, in the process, miss out on life altogether as it flows by completely unnoticed.
Learning to hold on to the present beauty and live every moment as fully as possible while still entertaining dreams of what is possible is much truer to what hope really is.
How well are you walking this balance between entertaining dreams and staying present?
“People who have let go of their dreams are sometimes eager to help you bury your own.” ~Anonymous
We all know people like this, and it’s easy to let their negativity—born of abandoning their own dreams—to talk us into giving up on our own.
Don’t do it! Your dreams deserve to live on for your to pursue them in the way that’s right for you, no matter what someone else chose to do with theirs.
Recognize their negativity for what it is, and keep moving toward your own dreams!
“We dream ourselves into being.” ~Ray Bradbury
What are you dreaming for your life? Who are you dreaming yourself into becoming?