Friday, December 6, 2013

DREAMS ARE NOT ALWAYS PRETTY PICTURES


A lot of the time, when we think about our dreams, we only see the highlights, the pretty pictures, the golden light streaming through the windows and the joy of achieving what you have worked for all that time.

But the truth is, dreams are hard work. And they have shadows, too. They are full of struggles, confusion, failure, drudgery, dust bunnies, neglected children, neglected health, being broke, lonely days, detours, breakdowns of many varieties, long stretches of silence, block and giving up.

But if this dream is really your dream, if you love the journey, not just the idea of accomplishment, if you love the work, then trust yourself, trust that when you come back, your dream will be waiting for you and you can climb your way back onto the path. But, it's hard. Don't think it will be easy. If you really want this, and you have lost your way, you will have to claw your way back, regain the ground that you lost inch by inch. But believe in your dream and believe in yourself, because it's that belief that makes the dream possible, even when it seems like it isn't.





10 comments:

  1. I have been struggling with this realization lately. I've tried to give up on my dream, calling it impractical, dumb, etc...but then I have to make my way back to it :) Not easy...

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    1. But that's the beauty...the fact that you can always go back to it when life gets in the way. You can do it, sweetie -- you own it!

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  2. Mandi, this seriously just brought a tear to my eye. Every word of it rings true.

    XO,
    Shannon
    www.brasshoney.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw, well, I didn't mean to make you tear up. I just want you wonderful ladies to remember your abilities, your individuality, your purpose -- make your dreams a reality. It doesn't have to be today....but one day.

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  3. Oh Mandi, you just dont know how perfectly timed and perfectly worded this post is. Thank you. I am in the middle of quitting my job of 12 years to stay at home with my boys (8 and 3). It has been so terribly hard to see through the fog of fear of all you describe (mostly being broke), to my dream of being home with my boys. Thank you for supporting my dream, k @onein1hundred.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you found an iota of redemption in this post. It sure pleases me to know that I've inspired and supported at least one person in the world. I so commend you for leaving the safety of what you've known for the past 12 years to walk out onto a limb. It's scary, I have no doubt about that, but it's a funny thing...how we somehow make it work...life is full of adjustments. You're going to be just fine, lovely -- enjoy these days with your boys!

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    2. Thank you Mandi. Thank you. Kristen

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  4. love this, mandi! you are always so inspiring with your words.

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    1. What a sweetie you are -- thank you, Katie! xoxo

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