Dream big, and you can be anything…
Driving home last week, through the most beautiful welsh countryside, I felt on top of the world, truly amazing! I was thinking how blessed I and my family are living our dreams. What a great feeling…and then The Script and Will I Am came on with ‘Hall of Fame’, and I realised just how true the lyrics read.
“You can go the distance. You can run the mile. You can walk straight through hell with a smile. You can be the hero. You can get the gold. Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke.
Yeah, do it for your people, do it for your pride. How are you ever gonna know if you never even try?
Do it for your country, do it for your name, ’cause there’s gonna be a day…
When you’re standing in the hall of fame, and the world’s gonna know your name, cause you burn with the brightest flame, and the world’s gonna know your name, and you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame…”
It’s what I’ve always believed…you can do anything, be anything…
but, you’ve got to live your dreams…
There was a time, many years ago, when I was a shy little thing and I let my dreams escape. I didn’t believe my dreams were worth dreaming. My default was to put aside my own feelings but be sure to fix everyone else. This continued from early childhood into my teens, where I allowed someone else’s preference push me to a different path than the one I wanted, and then on into adulthood.
I became the mother with holes in my boots for a decade because I refused to buy myself a new pair, deeming everyone else more important. There’s a time and a place for others to take priority, but that should never be a permanent condition!
As I hit a breakdown and emerged, still snow blinded, the other side, I began to be coaxed by my wonderful husband and children into believing in myself. Now I know that I’m important too, that my dreams are worth dreaming, and more than that, they’re worth putting into action!
There’s nothing I want more for my children than for them to live their dreams…
My oldest is extremely talented and enthusiastic, and always threw caution to the wind when embracing her dreams! She lacked direction, but as she’s matured, her direction evolves and her plans are coming to fruition. We’ve been able to instil self-belief and a confidence I only wish I’d had thirty years ago! She’s recently had the strength to do something my younger version would have cowered from, which is to close some of her enterprises and head towards a new ambition. She stands with assurance and ability and dreams. My soul bursts with pride as I see my child grow and plan and act towards her new horizon…
My son is moving into an exceptional period of his life. He struggled greatly at school, and had some real soul searching to discover what he wanted to do once he left. He has since excelled in the work he’s done, to the point that his employer would love him to stay on at work, but he’s made a decision to explore life. He has, of his own volition, decided to serve a ministering mission for the church which we belong to. This means accepting a call to preach in a place he’s never been. He’s been called to serve in Halifax, Canada for the period of two years, and he is bursting with excitement and opportunity, and so am I…
My youngest is still at school and of an age where I struggled to be anything but a shy little bird. Exams and subjects she’s not keen on bury her, and I see her heart trying to decide where it lies. Those middle teens are years I’d not choose to return to, but they are the years where you grow, where you begin to learn who you are and where you want to go. These are the years where my daughter will begin to grow wings, to emerge from within and to want to fly. These are the years when I will refuse to stand in her way, and I will encourage with everything that I have, just as I have with her siblings, to be just who she will be. ..
My husband and I both waited years to begin to achieve. I lived with clipped and broken wings for many years, but I want my children to believe in themselves, to spread their wings and fly.
To do that they, and we, need to dream, and dream big!
To quote The Script again “Be students, be teachers, be politicians, be preachers, be believers, be leaders, be astronauts, be champions, be truth seekers…” and we can, we can be all of those, if we just dream and believe!
Did you get encouragement to believe in yourself?
Have you achieved what you set out to do, or is it an ongoing goal?
Share your dreams and encouragement…
Love! Love! and yet again LOVE!
Thanks so much, Annette xx
You have a gorgeous family and I love how not only do you support everyone, you are also supported. ❤ ❤
I’m very blessed, thanks for your support too xx
You are welcome. ❤
Oh, Lisa, what a beautiful post. How fortunate your children are to have parents who try to nurture their dreams and who encourage them to take risks and follow their passion. So many parents try to squeeze their kids into tidy little boxes and seem bent on building up their insecurities while tearing down their confidence.
It’s so true that caring for yourself has to be part of the message–how can our kids grow strong and sure if they watch us constantly putting ourselves last.
Love the photo of you and your family–that kind of says it all, doesn’t it?
Thank you so much, Kern, learning to believe in yourself is so important to be able to teach the same to your children x
It’s refreshing to see an honest, insightful post from a person who has known negativity at some level, but has come through strong. I like your overall attitude to your children and their future.
Our son was 12 when he told his teacher that he wanted to be an architect or a designer. How good it was about 12 years later when we met that teacher in our small town – and reported that our son was indeed a designer.
‘Why have I never seen him around in recent years?’
Oh we enjoyed answering that one even more … ‘He lives and works in Amsterdam.’
We brought up our son with love and a little guidance, but only gave ‘advice’ when it was asked for. It sounds to me like you guys are doing a pretty good job. I’m pleased for you to have the life that you deserve.
Thanks, Tom, helping our children gain the self-confidence I lacked for so long, was always important to me, and it’s paid off as they reach for their own dreams!