It is not always easy to do that. Daily life, obligations, and responsibilities do have a legitimation in this too! But too often we are scared to even think about following that voice which creates such beautiful and alluring pictures in our heads.
Yes, it definitely causes changes in daily routines and it costs quite an effort because it will push you out of your comfort zone. It requires effort and time, maybe it even requires taking risks. But sometimes there can be little things done which may not be the complete realization of that dream but at least an aspect of it can be lived and fill your heart. For example, you want to be a volunteer in a foreign country or in (former) war zones to help in hospitals or to support the delivery of goods but you have children at home and don’t want to leave them (because a) they do come first and b) risking your life when there are little children is not reasonable). At least, you can do similar things in your area, volunteer at shelters for homeless people, in retirement homes or in orphanages for the first time to bring some more joy to their lives and help out the staff.
Mostly what makes us swipe away our dreams is fear. It is the fear to fail, the fear to make people laugh at or question us. But the origin of those fears is the fear of taking responsibility for making decisions. It is easy to blame others for the effects on us of their decisions but once we make our own decisions we know that we cannot blame anyone else anymore. We have to stand tall for any consequences. For some people, this feels too overwhelming and they hide behind excuses like I am to busy to squeeze this in, I am too old to begin an education, I am too stupid to understand, it is too risky, what would my family say, I have never done this before…
People who don’t even give it a serious try often end up in bitterness about lost chances to give meaning to their lives. And in order to protect themselves, they blame the circumstances and other people. How often can we hear a frustrated parent say that because of the kids they could not go for their career? It is definitely not their children’s fault but instead in their frustration it is an excuse about their inability to take responsibility for their own lives.
Pushing away the thoughts or our dreams may help in the short run to keep us from moving. But they won’t sit in silence. Your soul won’t let your mind get away with it. It will keep calling and leading you to situations and people that remind you of your dreams over and over again. It will become harder and harder to push those dreams back and at the same time, the frustration about not going for it will grow. If I don’t feel ready yet then it is ok. It may need some more psychical strain, more unhappiness, more signposts until I start moving. There is always a first time, things I don’t know can be learned, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Nobody expects things to come into being in the twinkle of an eye. But when a simple thought of living that dream can turn the flame in me into a bonfire then it should make me think.
Yes, often we need to risk that we may be stressed, that life may become busy, that obstacles and problems show up on the way, and often we need to sacrifice one thing in order to make room for another thing. But as long as I know what I am doing it for isn’t it worth it? The choice is mine whether I take the challenge or not. It is up to me to at least taking clear and determined steps towards the realization or of looking back one day and confess that it was me who kept me from living my dream. Because what is often forgotten: Not making a decision is also a decision! Do yourself a favor and give it a try. I am positive that you won’t ever regret living the purpose of what you have come here for spreading the colors of your beautiful soul.
Dreams are reminders of your soul
of what you are able and meant to be or to create in this lifetime.
In Love and Light