For the past few weeks, I’ve been taking classes in the evenings, twice a week from 6:15pm to 10:00pm. The other day, I was talking to a classmate about following and encouraging dreams - yea, we go real deep during our 15 minute breaks. During our lovely little aside, another classmate turns around and says “dreams are overrated.”
No. They. Are. Not.
Let’s get one thing straight. Your dream is not overrated.
It’s anything and everything BUT overrated.
What is life if you’re not dreaming about something? Even if it’s about keeping a plant alive for more than two days. Don’t let anyone ever tell you your dream is not worth it. Will it always work out? That’s not really my place to say. But it’s always worth the effort.
Don’t get me wrong, the journey is pretty gruesome. One day your dream might be so close you can almost reach out and grab it. Then the next week, you’re buckling up that same dream in the back seat of your car because of an unexpected detour and a new realization that this is going to be a LONG HAUL. What you learn from those experiences, is what will actually help you reach your goal in the end. Life is equipping you with the tools you need to be your best self and to do your dream.
I’ve encountered many a rude awakening from my dream chasing. I used to think that life went like this: You have a dream and the perfect plan to achieve it. You work kinda hard with some Rocky music in the background. Soon enough, you are at the top of your dream staircase wearing a large, gold medal while people throw thorn-less flowers at your feet and you’re given a castle to live out your dreams in.
Just an FYI - in case that’s where you’re at, I do apologize for bursting your bubble.
Chasing and living your dream is not so...well, dreamy.
You’re going to find, lose and mourn dreams. You’re going to have dreams that are really difficult to work at. You’re going to have dreams that fit into your life effortlessly! You’re going to have dreams that are the sole source of your purple under-eye bags and premature gray hair.
Throughout all the ups and downs, baby dreams and big dreams - one thing is true. You have to let go of your expectations and trust that every experience you have, the good and the bad, is helping get you where you are meant to go. Being patient, nurturing your dreams and your growth is how you will eventually, and I mean eventually, achieve your dream.
I have many dreams and I want them to be my reality RIGHT this moment. But I know that’s not how it goes. I know that I have to keep my eyes on the prize, hunker down with some elbow and knee pads, Do. Some. Work.
When you understand that the messy, complicated path you’re on is, in fact, working in your favor - you will be able to look up and recognize all the wheels and cogs spinning together to create your experience. You’ll be able to be confident that, even though you have no idea HOW - you are going to get there. The insecurity of your experience won’t give you an anxiety attack, it will feel exciting and good.
Like when you’re at the top of a roller coaster, waiting for the big drop, getting butterflies because you’re about to be on the most
exhilarating ride of your life.
You’ll be able to see all that you have learned, how far you have come and you’ll anticipate the things you have yet to experience.
Dreams are not overrated. Messy - absolutely. Painful - yea. Exciting - most of the time! Difficult - for sure. But worth it every. single. time.
Love ya, mean it - Christina