The first week in a brand new year was unfolding gracefully for me as I tackled the tasks I was setting for myself for that week while staying at Grail Springs one of the most amazing wellness resorts in Ontario, Canada, a couple of years ago. I spend the most part of every December planning for the new year. I am a firm believer in resolutions lists and I take mine a little too seriously. I make sure I cover everything. Family, career, hobbies, relationships, friends, mind, body, heart and soul. It started when I was just a teenager and year by year, I would jazz it up little by little.
These last few years though, my planning was based on a dream I had a few years back. A dream that I truly believed in, but didn’t have a clue on how to make a reality, especially with the limiting negative self talk I had back then. That was then, and this is now. Now has come the time for action. Now, I am living that dream.
As little kids our dreams were always bigger than life itself. We believed we can do anything. We were determined. We thought nothing was impossible. Then we get hushed down, criticised, told to ‘keep it down’ by the ‘adults’ in our lives until we are finally muted and our dreams soon become mere wishful thinking. We become programmed to disregard and criticize our dreams and become envious or critical of the dreams of others. We start to just live from day-to-day, year to year, just doing doing doing, even when the doing is not in alignment with what our hearts want or with what we’ve ‘once upon a time’ dreamt of. Before you know it, we are in our 30′s, 40′s or 50′s and we find ourselves in a mid-life crisis. I like calling it a mid-life awakening because that is truly what it is. You awake to your true passion, your true purpose and the rest of your life starts to reflect that. But only if you are open to change at that mid-life point!
To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe– Anatole France.
So, for the teenagers reading this, keep believing in the power of your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be who you want to be or do what your heart wants you to do. Take the time to think about what it is that you want, what your passions are… and make sure you live them.
For the adults reading this, the next time you see a kid who thinks he’s superman, cheer him on. Let’s together stop crushing the creativity and passion of the young ones around us.
Who’s with me?