This musing is about our dreams and the importance in keeping them alive thruout our lives.
Dreams....Dreams are what keep us going day after day.....we think about them....dream about them....talk about them...and we work towards them, the best we can... dreams are a very personal part of us and offers us hope even through the challenges and disappointments that life brings us.
I have never used fiction as a part of any of my musings because I have never written it..ever....I wrote a lot in my career but it was all like my musings...truth as I knew it based on researched facts or my personal opinion. In this musing about lost dreams.....I am using a story I just wrote ...my first ever, so,please, don't judge me too harshly.....this one just happened as I had an idea.
This is a story about a man and his dreams.....when he was young, he was full of energy and his dreams....it doesn't matter what those dreams were....we can imagine....but, they were his and he worked towards them every day. Then , one day this man met a woman he loved . He thought about his dreams but decided on love and they married. He had put aside his dreams...oh no....not forgotten...just put aside...for the time being he told himself. Then the children came and another job was needed to take care of life's responsibilities. He was a good man....a family man.... Oh, yes....he thought of his dreams and from to time he tried to move forward and make progress towards them....but, life...and its surprises and demands always seemed to stop him in his tracks. But, his dreams were always in the back of his mind.....waiting.....
...they kept him warm when life's winters turned bleak and cold.
Time moved along as it does.....the children grew....the man got a little older....a little more tired.....still working at his boring job every day. But, in the back of his mind...there were those dreams....keeping vigil on his life as it moved on in time.
When the man reached his later years he tried to pursue his dream.....he put forth as much effort as he could but, sometimes the world is cruel and he had a hard time achieving what he dreamed due his age limitations. His dream it turns out is a young man's dream and too much time has been lost. He continued on in what capacity he could working in the area that his dream was in and it was satisfying but, he knew he would never achieve the dream in his lifetime.
Age took over and illness came...serious illness....as the man lay there breathing his last few breaths...what else was there to do but think about his life and his dreams. He made his choices early on and was satisfied as he thought about his life and how he lived it. But he knew he had lost his dream...... As his breath grew even more shallow and his eyes start to close for the last time...he became aware of a feeling of overwhelming peace and knew he would find his lost dream at last.......on the other side.
Those of you who read my musings know I have a dream....one that I had since I was 12 years old.....I talk about the details in my Cello Journey and the First Finish Line musings. I, too, made a similar choice as the man. During my life the loss of my dream was so painful I could hardly listen to music. One day , a bit later in life, a friend took me to see a new cellist soloing at our concert hall...Yo Yo Ma.....he was doing this because I had talked about my dream....at that point in my life I was working day and night to make a career...no time for thoughts of cello....he thought he was making me happy and was concerned that as I sat and listened...tears ran thruout the whole performance......I was feeling my dream...which was reminding me, it was still there...waiting.
Now, of course, as my musings point out...all is well...more than well....I am aggressively pursuing my second chance and I am living my life's dream .
It probably sounds like I am pointing out that the man made the wrong decision for himself and that I wish I had a made another choice when I was young. No.....I am not saying that....since the story is fiction we can't suppose for the man, but, I would make the same choices I did thruout my life because I love the life I made.....the bad led to all the good and there was a lot of that, for sure !!
What I'm pointing out from my experience and readings is that dreams are very important to us at all stages of our lives. We need to think carefully about our decisions and our priorities and keep our dreams in mind. I feel I would be remiss if I didn't say that if we want success in any area...dream or not....we have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to get it....commitment, focus, and a lot of diligent work. But, that is just a given.
I hope you, my reader or listener , as the case may be, are working on your dreams and if, at this time, you are not able to.... due to life's circumstances.....I hope you keep dreaming them:-)
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -
"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." -
"Do all you can to make your dreams come true." - Joel Osteen
I believe with my deepest being in the following quote.....
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." - Gloria Steinem