not the only one…


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livin the dream

why not? It occurred to me today that I and friends of mine often say we are “livin the dream.” Its said in casual conversation as the reply to the common question, “how are you?” It seems like a quick, fun, way to answer a worn out, yet sincere question, but I started thinking yesterday… could it really be true? I used to always laugh when others said it. And then I started saying it because, honestly, i love to make people laugh. I love to entertain. But while I said it the other day to the grocery store clerk, and he and the pretty old woman in line behind me laughed with big, broad smiles, it made me genuinely happy. It was like I had “made my own day!” And it hit me, what if I really was “living the dream?” And living my OWN dreams? How amazing would that be? How wonderful would I feel each and every day?

So, why haven’t I been living my dreams? I’m not sure, and its probably not very important or interesting. Probably some lame reason like fear or insecurity or self-doubt. BOOO! HISS! I’ve had enough of fear and self-doubt. I’m breaking free. I’m going to start living my dreams.

I want to write and learn and study social change. I want to make the world a better place. I want to make people feel good, I want people to be happy and to love themselves for who they are. I want everyone to be present and focus on today. I’ll plan for the future, but I dont want the present to pass me by.

I want to write a book by the time i’m 40. I want to get my phd. I’m going to do it and I’m going to succeed. It is decidedly so. I need to dream, need to envision my dreams and then take action to achieve my dreams.

I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.