There are a couple of things that children do better than adults, and one of these is their ability to dream. Have you ever asked a child what he or she wants to be upon growing up? They always have really cool answers: athlete, artist, astronaut, princess, bumble bee, ice cream man, video game designer, pirate, mermaid. I’ve never heard a kid say, “I want to work a 9-5 at a desk, behind a cubicle, for a boss I hate.” And yet I feel like this is where many adults find themselves. It can be extremely difficult to pursue some of our passions because we’re simply trying to pay the bills and put food on the table.
Well, I would encourage you to make time to dream and spend time with an activity that vitalizes you. You may think you don’t have time, but you always have time for your priorities.
My dream has always been to write a novel. I have tried a few different times, unsuccessfully. I would get 10, 20, 30 thousand words in and just lose my steam. I wasn’t invested in the story anymore because I was so tired, or I didn’t see how I could possibly write another 60 thousand plus words. Well last week, I decided to dedicate the week to writing my book.
I had an idea looping through my brain that just wouldn’t go away, so I started to put it down on paper, just to get it out. And in 15-45 minute intervals, I’m proud to say, I’m almost half way done with my novel. I knew if I took too long, I might lose my momentum. So Yev helped watch the kids two weekends in a row, so I could get some uninterrupted writing time. But I also carved out quite a bit of time during the week, time I didn’t know even existed for me to pursue this passion.
I’m not sure if anyone will ever get to read this book, but I’m determined to finish it. I need this for myself. Dream big. You never know what will come of it or how happy it could make you. Kids don’t let the details deter them. They simply follow their joy.