Sometimes we get comfortable in the routine of making a living, stressing out about making a living then graduate to the routine of waiting for the pension and social security check to stressing out about getting more than the pension and social security check.
If you compound that with the sometimes preoccupation with illness, recovery and family dramas dreams can get lost on our life road. We tend to travel away rather than to any hope of having or exploring a dream.
One evening while staying overnight with my mom I read the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson. I had to stay awake most of the night to keep a watchful eye on her because after her surgery she may have need for me during the night.
This book not only keep me awake but also awakened a desire to look for and explore the idea of having a dream in my baby boomer years. I realized that some I had earlier in life were either lost or unexplored. That I allowed, too often, life challenges or other peoples discouragement to just get in the way.
I think about the time that I wanted to go to a high school outside of my district. The only way to get in was to take a language our school did not offer. In this case it was Hebrew.My mom and I visited the principal and was told that even he had a hard time learning Hebrew. He discouraged us from trying and we settled.
Yet, the high school I did attend had a librarian who one day asked me, while doing my duties in the Library Club, if I ever thought about going to college. I said no, it was not on my radar. My aspirations, at that time were to be a secretary because I was good at touch typing.
Thank God for Mrs. Little who lit a fire inside of me with possibilities that have lasted even in my baby boomer years.
The character in this awesome little book is named Ordinary who lives in the land of Familiar. Now it does not say how old Ordinary was but our character went to work at the Usual job. I suspect that those of us who may not work at the Usual job have the Usual activity and work schedule.
But like Ordinary you will find that you have a dream inside of you. Perhaps it is unexplored, lost in the shuffle of life’s dramas or maybe you have already begun to pursue it.
Do you have a dream? Do you have something nagging at your insides but have been just too busy to explore it?
Part 2-Are you too old to dream?