When Max and I came home after Etienne’s dinner, I was in a reflective mood. I thought about Scorpion, now Etienne, and how he had followed his dream about being an artist. Now he was taking up the challenge of working in his mother’s pharmaceutical company.
To follow one’s dreams takes a lot of courage. Of course, if you have money to back it up, like Etienne does, you can fall back on that. Still, he takes chances of falling on his face.
To follow one’s dreams takes a lot of courage.
I sat on a lounge chair by the pool, a cup of soothing Sleepytime tea next to me. The moon was full, mirrored in the water. Wind chimes tinkled gently. The scent of jasmine filled the air.
I thought about other people I knew who had followed their dreams. Like a friend from school, Prudence, who quit a lucrative job as a lawyer and became a missionary in Africa. I get a monthly newsletter from her and she’s always got a grin on her face in photos.
One neighbor who’s a retired bus driver, lives in a tiny apartment where dogs are not allowed but he loves dogs. So, he started a dog walking business. He walks five dogs of various sizes, breeds, and temperaments. He doesn’t have to walk dogs, but he wants to. Sometimes, I see him sitting on a park bench under a huge shade tree with the dogs around him. He looks happy and so do the dogs.
I admire artists, writers, actors, musicians and anyone who has a dream. If they were negative thinkers, they would never move forward.
A person once said to me, “Why would you want to be a painter? It’s such a saturated field.” I think that person may have been slightly jealous of people who love what they do and probably fearful of stepping out of the box. It’s wonderful to prove naysayers wrong!
When Max and I established our catering company Presentation Is Everything, Max had a carrot curler and a vision and I had faith in Max. It was always scary and hard work – but we did it!
Being a dreamer makes life worth living. You connect with other dream seekers on a heart level. You may even be an inspiration to others! But don’t expect others to follow your dreams for you.
Certain truths are inevitable to being a dream seeker. It may take a long time to get “there.” You might not even be as celebrated as you hoped you would be. Or you may never make it at all. But since the journey is everything, at least you will have tried!
When people don’t try they may become bitter, resentful, negative, feel like life has passed them by. Why follow that path, a road to nowhere?
There’s a quote by Ray Bradbury that’s been my motto:
“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
Dreams can come at anytime in your life. It’s never too late to follow that dream.
Dream seekers, Bravo!