Over Christmas my Mum has been staying with me, and it’s been a great opportunity to gather perspective and get back to my roots. I like it when Mum comes, because I get a bit spoilt and indulged as I’m her little girl again! She always brings ‘arrival’ presents and I got a cute sleep set (she has very good taste)! The slogan on the pyjama top reads
“Follow your dreams…”
Sounds like a cute little cliché, but I read it each time I put it on and wonder…what are my dreams? The embroidered dot, dot, dot, at the end of that statement has a lot to answer for! It assumes I can fill that space with my dreams!
With the exception of sleeping, I don’t feel as if I’ve had any dreams of my own for a while. In fact when I think about it, I’ve been too busy to dream at all!
When I think of my ‘dreams’ I think they should be larger than life, ethereal visions that inspire, lofty goals that speak of my character and beliefs. I imagine knowing my dreams means knowing who I am and what I want from life.
So you can see why I’ve been feeling a bit inadequate when all I’m dreaming of at the moment is getting five minutes on the computer to write another blog post!
What is a dream anyway?
In reality a dream is a vision, a goal, something just out of reach that tempts you with the possibility of making it real. The quotes for dreaming are highly romanticized, but I like this one by the influential feminist speaker Gloria Steinem:
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
This is the kind of dreaming I do – planning with a dash of imagination thrown in for good measure! I see lots of new possibilities every day, whether it is for exciting school holiday fun with the boys or simply ideas for this blog! The ideas give me a buzz of excitement and a feeling of possibility. So maybe the ‘Follow your dreams…’ directive isn’t so hard after all. When all is said and done, dreaming is simply getting excited about something new and acting upon that feeling to achieve it.
Look at me go! I’ve just achieved my dream today…and you’re reading it!
Keep dreaming little dreams each day.