Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Saving Up Our Wishes

“I’m a dreamer.”

Ever said that? I have. It’s a pretty common statement to make, especially for those of us in our 20s and 30s. We’ve been told that we can accomplish anything. That our hopes can be fulfilled. That dreaming is essential to change the world.

And it is.

But what about action? At the end of a dream – right before a new dream begins – is a goal. We often forget that part. We save up all our wishes. Pack them up in jars and admire them from afar. Because if we take them out, then that little jar isn’t so full of neat, pretty ideas.

When we actually try to make something happen, things have a tendency to get ugly. Challenging, if you will. But remember this: fruition is far more brilliant than fantasy.

Sure, that jar of dreams we shelved so long ago won’t look as full and pretty. But it's replaced by something better and far more beautiful -- the fruits of our labor. The truth is, things get messy. The truth is, we don’t always know what we’re doing.

I can't pretend I know your situation, or to understand just how difficult it will be to achieve your dreams. Trust me, I have my own issues. But if you haven't started, begin to chase them -- regardless of how small that first step should be. Sometimes all it takes is putting one foot in front of the other.