What would you do with your life, and where would you go, if money was not an issue and nothing was standing in your way?
Such muses oft occupy the dusty corners of our conscience, swirling like a cloud of uncertainty, a dream … unfulfilled.
Knowing your dream helps. I had a friend who was a switchboard operator who worked in a little 10 by 10 room, 40 hours a week, for about 25 years. Popping my head into her room one day, I said, “Arlene, where would you go if money were no option?”
She knew right away. “Alaska,” she said. She laughed. I laughed. Turns out she has family there. She eventually made it to Alaska. And we heard all about it. But it started with a dream.
I posted the word “dream” on Facebook recently, and someone responded, “how do I do that?
Maybe you have been told that the things you want in life are out of your reach.
In my twenties, I saw an ad in the newspaper saying the paper needed a reporter. At the time, I was looking for a job that was somewhat flex in nature. I needed time to take my children to school and time to pick them up.
After a stellar over the phone interview, the editor was ready to hire me – without even seeing my face.
Well, it was not meant to be at the time. I was married and we came to the conclusion that perhaps a bank job would be better (i.e. covering night events would keep me away from my duties as a mom). And so, I watched my dream seem to evaporate.
But about ten years later, I walked into The Lake Wales News for an interview with the editor. Met with the publisher and the general manager. And with me not even having a college education or any journalism credentials, they hired me.
I am now 11 years into a career, having served as a managing editor for about 7 years of that time. My memory book is full. Awards fill my scrapbook. (I only say this out of amazement, not because I am bragging.) Went to college, got my Associate’s. Wrote a book, published it. Overcame my fear (actually I still fear, just face the fear) of public speaking. And here I am, pursuing this writer’s dream.
I look back and wonder what the turning point was for me. When I worked in customer service, (which I love), I would tell people that “I work in customer service and am also a writer. “What do you write?” they asked. At the time, I wrote in my journal. And was working on a book.
Being both consistent and persistent made the difference in my life. I knew writing was my passion. Instead of giving up, at some point, I reconnected with that dream.
What does that look like for you? What is your gifting? Ask your friends or family, if you do not know. Where do you want to go with it?
It all starts with a dream. What is your dream? Speak life to your dream. Imagine what life would be like if you could pursue it.