I sometimes wonder what dreams other people have. Our dreams are quite personal and to share them is to invite mockery in a sense from those we love. Jesus said that a prophet is not accepted is his own hometown, meaning that those close to us (family, friends, etc.) are our biggest deniers. This can be good as they keep is grounded, but when we share our dreams or visions, they can be our biggest detractors. I feel this is we are hesitant to share our dreams with people as it’s like wearing your heart on your sleeve. Of course, however, there are other reasons like ourselves preventing our dreams from becoming reality due to lack of action on our part. This is a major stumbling block as well.
For example, let’s say someone has a dream to live in Europe for a year. Family and friends may mock this idea and try to talk “sense” into you by stating how unreasonable a dream like that is. They might immediately brush your idea off or say, “What are going to do for work?” or may try to put fear or doubt into you by saying you’d have to quit your job and risk starting over.
What if you have a dream to write a book? You might tell someone your books synopsis, and just as you’re speaking you can see a smirk on their face. You know they’re humoring you and don’t believe in your dream.
Sometimes I wonder if it is best to never tell anyone your dreams and just work on them quietly. If you want to live in Europe, start saving your money. Research what you can do for work while there. If you want to write a book, start writing it and send it off to a publisher or ask an independent person far from you to read it first.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” Henry David Thoreau
Be confident in your dream, especially as you set foot to accomplish it. Don’t let anyone put fear or doubt into your thoughts as it will stop you from achieving your goal. Make a plan to make your dream a reality. If you fail, that’s ok, at least you tried, which is far more than many can say. If you succeed, even better.
What are your dreams? Whatever they are, I hope you get closer every day to making them reality.
*The correct quotation is from Thoreau’s Walden: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
In the examples above, for example, moving to Europe or anywhere, it is important to know that you are not simply running away from something. Identify what it is you are running away from and deal with it head on, then concentrate on your move. Also, make sure you have a real plan to deal with finances or rejection. While those close to us may be our biggest detractors, we should still listen to what they have to say. For example, you shouldn’t put all your money into publishing a book if you need that money to live (food, shelter, etc.)