On my bookshelf I keep mementos that have memories or reminders for me. One of those is this plaque titled, “Follow Your Dreams”. I remember the day my mother gave this to me. I was a senior in high school just a short 35 years ago and I was making plans to leave Michigan that Summer to attend college in Tulsa, OK.
Like any good mother, mine was concerned for me that I’d maybe gone off the deep-end a bit. It was so far away and I had very little money. I was dead set on going and she felt helpless to stop me. At a certain point, she gave in and let go. It was then that she picked up this plaque for me and encouraged me to follow my dreams.
It’s hard for parents to let go after 18 years of blood, sweat, and tears raising their kids only to see them move half-way across the country knowing life will never be the same. Looking back, I feel for my mother and how she must have felt that day I was pulling out of the driveway in my Chevy Vega packed full of what little belongings I had in this world. She stood in the driveway waving at me while tears ran down her face. I cried too.
When we’re younger, it’s so much easier to make that decision to follow our dreams. We’re healthy, single-focused, and more than just a little naïve… Getting older shouldn’t stop us from pursuing our passions even if it is much more difficult. Sure, the expectation to be the ‘greatest in the world’ needs to be tampered down to reality, but we can still find joy doing something we have a passion for.
A few years ago, I tried to step out and pursue a full-time photography career. The great educator known as life soon introduced itself. It’s been two years since I walked away from it to go back to what I did best (sales). I’ve tempered the expectations to a healthy reality now and simply enjoy sharing my passion with others via this blog and other ways. Who knows, something else may come along, but, for now, it’s family first and passion second.
All of this to say, don’t give up on your dreams. Life may not have turned out the way you’d expected, but there’s always time to pursue our passion; even if it’s just a small step at a time. The Bible tells us that God’s gifts are irrevocable.
He never changes His mind about how He’s created us and what He’s intended for us to be & do. We just need to use those gifts and not hide them in a drawer, like I did for over a year. Believe me, now that I’ve picked up that camera again, the joy and passion come right back.
Wishing you all a great remainder of the week and I want to encourage you to take a few chances to use that gift you feel you’ve been given. You won’t be sorry…
Blessings my friends,