“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis
In my 20’s, I used to think I was on a path toward the same thing as everyone else. A career, a family, maybe a house, and that was it. After that, it would belong years of a career and retirement. It all seemed to be coming down the pipe and I just needed to make it happen.
And then, I woke up in a cubicle.
Working a job that was sucking the life out of me. Constantly working myself to the bone trying to make more and more to have more and more. Along the way, I have had a lot of ‘Ah-ha’ moments. But it still didn’t compare to the cage of a cubicle and suburbia.
I began to question everything. Why are we living where we live? How long will I work at this job? Is this the best life has to offer? Am I satisfied with the current pursuits of life?
These questions have always led me down a path of discovery.
Why are we living where we live?
It’s close to my job. We have a family here. We could buy a house here. There is great availability to all kinds of stores and places to go. It’s nice here. We know our neighbors. (Did God call us here?)
How long will I work at this job?
I started my job because I needed to move to something which would support my family. We wanted my wife to stay at home with our children. I started and never really thought about going anywhere else or doing anything else. (Could God lead us somewhere else?)
Is this the best life has to offer?
I’ve reached the path I set out to get in my 20’s. And for some reason, the cubicle and suburbs don’t quite fit. There is something unsettling about them. (Is there more God wants to show me?)
Am I satisfied with the current pursuits of life?
NO! How easy was that answer? I write for a reason. Because I cannot help it. And I would love to be writing all day long, living on some land in a house for my family. That is the very opposite of suburbs and cubicles. (Where is God going to take us?)
Every question has an answer.
And most of the time, every question creates more questions.
Begin to Dream Again
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
Now, my 30’s have been wonderful. And I am in my early thirties, so I have some time to really enjoy them. However, something I have learned over the last couple of years is how important it is for us to continue to have dreams.
Otherwise, we become grumpy, old, crazy people.
And so, I have begun to dream. It starts out with the questions. Then it blossoms into something more. What has happened is I have begun to question success. And have realized my success is not based on what I thought it was originally.
When I realize success is living out my dreams I began to dream big. What do my wife and I want for our family? Where will we go? Who will be with us? Why not make a change?
The questions came back.
And this time, we started to think of the best possible outcomes.
Living Out Your Dreams
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney
The first dream I started to dream again was about becoming a writer. And then a year ago, I became a writer. It has been a Walt Disney style magical journey for me. And yet, it hasn’t all been rainbows and fireworks. It is still hard work.
Most of all, chasing my dream of writing has reminded me to dream about other things. How might my wife and I find the house and land which would fit our desire to have space for our family?
How Can You Live Out Your Dreams?
First, do you know what your dreams are? If so, great! If not, maybe you need to ask a lot of questions about life. Maybe you do know what your dreams are already, if I were you, I would still ask some questions.
After you have done some questions asking, I would follow these five steps to living out your dreams:
- Write Them Down: I believe there is great power to writing things down. However, right down your dreams. Put them somewhere you will see every day so you don’t forget what you are working toward.
- Share with at Least Two Close Friends: All of us know at least two people we can trust. Whether it is your brother or sister, your spouse, or a parent. There is always someone who will root us on and keep us accountable.
- Spend One Day Considering Your Dreams: One day and one day only! I don’t want you to psych yourself out or overthink it. You will know whether you should pursue a dream one day.
- Research Your Dreams for One Day: You don’t know what you don’t know. However, you can’t wait until you have all the information either. You can get 70% of the information about your dream in one day. And that is enough to start.
- Start Working on Your Dreams: You can’t make your dreams come true unless you start working on them. For some of us, starting is easy. For others it is hard. But we all need to start. So start today!
That is it. I believe there isn’t much to it when it comes to chasing after your dreams. I limited one day to consider, meditate, or pray on your dreams. And one day to research. After those two days, you need to do it. Otherwise, you may not chase after them.