During a recent book club visit, we got to talking about choices, and dreams, and waiting. Why is it that we so often put off our dreams? Our goals? Our bucket list items?
Yes, sometimes the wait is inevitable. The timing is off. The money is short. The goal seems wildly out of reach. But when is the timing ever perfect? The money not needed elsewhere? The goal easy?
Isn’t it the very nature of a worthy goal that it be something we have to work for?
The discussion left me thinking about my goals, and I realized how safe I play my life. No crazy new projects. No pie-in-the-sky dreams. No bucket list posters.
I may write about chasing big goals and dreams, but when did I stop pursuing them in real life?
I could blame the change on motherhood, but I used to write four books a year with a toddler by my side. I could blame the change on age, but let’s face it, plenty of great achievements have been made in the second half of life.
So, what dreams would I chase if I refocused on going for it instead of playing life safe? How about a new indie-published romantic comedy series? Or how about finishing that middle grade fantasy series I’ve been working on? How about starting a savings account for that bucket list trip to Iceland to chase the Northern Lights? How about that 5K training I dropped somewhere along the way?
The goals, apparently, aren’t what I lack. The steps to reach those goals are. In Chasing Rainbows, Bernie thinks about the steps she’s taken to move out of her old life. Steps were steps. Steps were good. They were the only things that were going to carry me forward.
She’s right. Chasing our dreams and goals is all about taking that first step. Perhaps the thing that holds us back is fear. Plain and simple.
I vow to start taking steps today. How about you?
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