Recently I heard someone say, “Oh, I wish I had done that, but it’s too late now.” Another thing I’ve heard recently is, “I can’t do that now. Someday, maybe, I will live out some of the dreams I have.”
Have you ever thought this way?
Honestly, that was me through most of my life. I was fearful to try things and kept waiting for the perfect time.
Then my mom passed away in her mid-sixties. Much too young. She and Dad had worked hard to raise their family and they were just getting to the point of being able to enjoy some of the things they couldn’t do with a young family.
With that, the realization that life doesn’t last forever and we’re not guaranteed tomorrow came crashing down on me. I recognized that if I didn’t start taking some chances, I might never experience my dreams and hopes. I don’t want to regret things I haven’t done because of fear.
If this is you, I have good news for you. There are ways to start living your dreams right now. I want to share with you three baby steps that have taken me from the sidelines into life. Take chances to pursue your dreams, the time is right to step out and try something new, and it’s the little things that build a life.
What did you dream of growing up? Have you fulfilled some, but you have that one thing that you still find in the hidden corners of your heart? For me, I dreamed of being a writer.
Life didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped. I settled for a day job that would pay the mortgage and other bills. I grieved for a long time and railed against the unfairness of it all. About 12 years ago, I decided I wasn’t going to put it off any longer. I signed up for my first writing course since college. Over these past years I’ve taken small steps in that direction and most importantly, I didn’t let the naysayers sway me.
Baby step #1 – What’s one thing you can do today related to your dream? It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time. Find that one little thing and do it. When that’s done, do the next thing.
Have you ever wanted to try something new, but were afraid to look silly or fail? That’s totally me! I see people doing really fun things and think, “Boy I wish I was brave enough to try something like that.” Or, “geez, if I had more time I could do all kinds of things. Maybe when I retire.”
A few years ago I received a catalog of classes at the local art school. I’ve been intrigued by wheel thrown pottery and they just happened to have a class for beginners. I decided to give it a try. I didn’t have anyone who wanted to do it with me, so I signed up by myself. Those classes were so much fun. I wasn’t able to really control the wheel and the clay, so my pieces weren’t very good, but I enjoyed myself. And I have a few items that turned out decent enough to use.
Baby step #2 – Keep an eye out for ways you can learn something you’ve always wanted to learn or do. When you find things, just do it!
Do you put off things until everything is perfect? Do you get caught up in the idea that it’s the big things that are important? Yup, I do that. I seem to always be waiting for something else before I step out.
When I stopped waiting for the big events or timing to be perfect, I really started to enjoy life a whole lot more. Instead of waiting until I could run a marathon I decided to start small with 5k walks in the area. I’m still not running the 5k’s but I have tons of fun that I wouldn’thave had if I waited until I could run the whole thing.
Baby step #3 – Look for the little ways to enjoy life that line up with your dreams.
There are a lot of negative voices out there these days. Listen to your own positive voice and enjoy your life. The time is now to start taking small steps to living out your dreams.
I’d love to hear some of the ways you have put these baby steps in to practice. Join the conversation below or on Facebook!