When I was young, I remember climbing to the highest bough of a large apple tree that grew in my parent’s garden. I would sit there and dream a thousand dreams. Who I longed to be, the people I wished to meet, the world I hoped to see.
I had a vivid imagination, which to me was so real, and to others perhaps not so much. In grade 2, I told my best friend I thought I could fly. I’m sure her intentions were good when she told another friend, who told another and soon they had me standing on a chair in the middle of the playground, asking me to try. At 17, I told a boyfriend my hopes of traveling the world. "Call me when you get there", he said sarcastically. Thinking back now, what seemed quite reasonable to me, may not have seemed so possible to others.
In 1983, a line in the movie Flashdance changed my life forever. Eighteen year old Alexandra, a welder in a steel mill, falls in love with her boss, Nick. When she shares with him her secret dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer, he encourages her to get an audition. She agrees, and walks into the conservatory to ask for an application form, but quickly walks out, intimidated, when she sees the line-up of dancers. Heartbroken she tells Nick who encourages her, "don’t you understand? When you give up your dreams you die".
I loved that movie, and that summer I watched it over and over and over again. It made me feel alive and hopeful. Although my off-the-shoulder t-shirts and leg warmers are long gone, Nick's line always stayed with me.
We all have a dream, and the moment we think it might be possible; a million reasons as to why it won’t work, appear in our minds. It doesn't matter how big or how small, this happens to everyone. I found this quote I love by Earl Nightingale, "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway".
Today, following your dreams is much more encouraged than it ever was. With all the modern day ideas about vision boards and the law of attraction, there are many resources out there one can tap into. Following your dreams has little to do with money, timing or luck. It has everything to do with persistence, determination and listening to little messages along the way.