Of all the things I have dreamed of being in my life, probably only an astronaut was not one of them. My dreams took me to the catwalks of Fashion Week, the inside of gritty New York City hospitals, off roading through the Australian Outback with an SLR slinging around my neck, and driving across the Sahara as part of a heavily armed envoy. But none of this seemed like enough. I had a lot of dreams, but was looking for something concrete. I should be a world-famous writer, a doctor, or a lawyer. I wanted to be one of those people who knew what they wanted to be since they were 5, drawing pictures of skyscrapers and stethoscopes; already too smart to ingest the Crayolas they were drawing with. Instead, I kept transitioning between dreams in a not so seamless process. I felt like I was being led down different roads by a crappy GPS that kept recalibrating. I really relate to that guy in those Allstate commercials.
Until recently, I realized that I am not static and neither is life. Things keep changing, moving, shifting, sometimes towards us and sometimes away from us. Our only goal should be to run with the current rather than fighting against it. So I asked myself why should dreams be static and held in place by some notion of what we think we want? Dreams should be elastic, revolutionizing themselves every day as we get a better idea of not only what we want, but what it is that we truly need. Right now I dream of becoming the best writer and real estate agent I can be. In a few years from now, those dreams will still be present, but I may be dreaming of becoming a wife and mother.
So maybe striving towards our dreams every day is secondary and creativity becomes primary. Creativity in living the life of our dreams every day, rather than waiting and striving for some notion of our dream life that is only supposedly going to occur in the future. So let’s be creative every day in what we do and who we are. And we might even find that our dreams are actualized every day when we’re living a life we’re actually happy about NOW. So let your dreams be elastic, but you’re creativity in seeking happiness everyday be undeterred. <3
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