Has this ever happened to you? I know it has to me. I spent the better part of my childhood dreaming up grand scenarios for how my life would turn out when I was an adult. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s how most of us spend our childhoods. The great ability of children is the power to dream amazing things.
But when we reach adulthood, no one ever ends up where they think they are going to end up. Life happens out of our control. We may come out the other side somewhere sort of-kind of where we wanted to end up, but even if we do, we’re usually a little bruised, bumped and disheveled along the way. And sometimes we end up so far away from our original goal we don’t even remember what that goal looked like anymore. This can be very disheartening.
But then, something like this happens. You’re going along in your every day life, plodding along like the masses, and out of nowhere, something amazing happens. You meet someone who sets your heart on fire. You run into an old friend you haven’t talked to in ages and it’s like no time has ever passed. You help someone who needed it way more than you did. You create something beautiful. You go on a random adventure. You see a gorgeous sunset. I could keep listing for paragraphs. My point is, something happens that makes you stop for a second, and whatever it is, you feel a little bit of that childlike giddiness and whimsy again. You can see all these great possibilities for yourself. For just a moment, you are that dreamer again.
These moments can be elusive if we get too distracted by the rat race to pay attention. So while becoming an adult is unavoidable, and we all have to run in our own hamster wheel, there is nothing that says we have to stay in the wheel perpetually. Get out once in awhile and look at what is around you, at who is around you. Make your own time stand still and really appreciate the beautiful things in your life. Allow yourself to imagine the possibilities.
Because regardless of our age or our situation, everyone deserves to dream.