Monday, May 11, 2009

Do You Ever Get Lost Following Your Dreams?

All my life I've been a dreamer. In 3rd grade I dreamed of opening an orphanage (like George Mueller). In sixth grade I dreamed of being an Olympic gymnast (like Mary Lou Rhetton) and an Olympic luge racer. Come on, it's possible! One's a winter sport and one's a summer sport.

In high school I wanted to fit in while standing out (like...I don't know, Anne of Green Gables?) In college, I dreamed of being a camp director...and leading a life free of pain.

In grad school, I wanted to get a Master's Degree to pave the way out of a dead end job. A job that I could throw my heart and soul into, without being hampered by my body. Being a camp director just didn't seem possible when my body was wracked by pain and I never knew when I would be hit with hypoglycemia s0 overpowering that I couldn't stay awake (Turns out, it was severe allergies).

Then I dreamed of writing books or being a successful blogger (like Dooce without all the hate mail or Robin McKinley without vampires.). Now I dream about being cured of food allergies and gorging on Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza without falling into a two-day coma-like sleep.

Turns out that my dreams were getting less....well, dreamy. Life got in the way of my dreams. But I'm not the only one who got lost while following their dreams. Blogger b(LIST)fulness examines a similar situation in her post Sometime Dreams Just Might Get in the Way of Your Dreams.

"I realized that it had been a long time since I had allowed myself to dream. Somehow I had become focused on everything that might prohibit my dreams from becoming reality."
And I read this Twitter post -
Mike_Wesely#QUOTE: "What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it." ~ Author Unknown
So now, I'm re-evaluating. What is my dream? A job I love? Hours and hours of time with my family every day? Hours and hours sitting in a beach chair sipping fruity drinks? How do you balance multiple dreams?

If you have the answer for my life, feel free to let me know!

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