When we are little kids we are told to follow your dreams. It is a goal that seems achievable, sure, it might be a long way off. It might seem hard, but there is a small spark of hope deep inside which tells us that anything is possible. It’s a part of being young, of knowing that your whole life is spread out before you. When we are little we cannot wait to grow up so that we can do all the things we dream of doing.
And then we grow up.
And then we start to lose that hope. Somewhere through the years as we get jobs, go through relationships and attempt to manage a home our dreams just sort of slip away. That is not to say that our lives are bad. On the contrary, a lot of the time they can be good! But the childlike wonder tends to fade and the dreams get put up on a shelf somewhere. To be thought of in passing, as we deal with the reality of life. We just don’t have the time or the money or the energy to pursue childhood fancies.
And this is where we go wrong. We should never let go of our dreams, we should never stop striving to obtain things that are important to us. It might get harder as we grow older and some dreams might be lost (I highly doubt I will be going to the moon anytime soon). But so many dreams remain – old ones and new ones! Small ones and big ones. Dreams that can be obtained if we take the time to seek them out.
When I was younger I had always wanted to learn how to paint. It was such a simple dream, something that would have been so easy to try but I brushed it aside for a long long time. I probably would have kept doing so if my husband had not remembered this tiny dream and surprised me with a painting kit on Christmas.
This was my first painting. It’s not perfect but I love it anyway. It was the first time in many years that I took the time to indulge in a dream. It made me realize what I have been missing. Made me rethink some priorities in my life. Follow your dreams even if they are small or silly. I promise you won’t regret it. Follow your dreams and you might even find some new ones to follow along the way.
Since I’ve started painting I’ve gotten interested in other forms of art. recently quilling (making art out of rolled paper) is something I would like to try. And I will..because little dreams like that take nothing from us. But following your dreams give you back so very much.
I have followed my dream of trying Quilling! What about you? Start today, Follow your dreams!