DREAMS ARE RENEWABLE.
NO MATTER WHAT OUR AGE OR CONDITION,
THERE ARE STILL UNTAPPED POSSIBILITIES
WITHIN US AND NEW BEAUTY WAITING
TO BE BORN.
(Dr. Dale Turner)
I sometimes feel like the older I get, the more dreams I lose. And I suppose that's true to an extent - I'm not ever going to make any of those "30 Writers Under 30 to Watch" lists - but it also, well, doesn't matter so much anymore. Okay, to be honest, it did matter but I've already grieved over that particular dream and have since moved on.
That's the key. We need to move on from dreams that are no longer possible or no longer work for us. We need to create new dreams or dig deep and "renew" some of the old ones, modify them a bit. I can't make that "Writers Under 30" list but I can make the "50 Writers Under 50 to Watch" list. And if that list doesn't exist, then I can go ahead and create one.
So, this week, let's grieve for some of those old, ill-fitting dreams, and then release them. Let's give ourselves room to grow new ones or rediscover some we'd forgotten about. Otherwise, we're going to be like those people who get stuck, mired in old dreams, who never raise their head and see how much more is still out there. And I don't know about you, but I don't want to become one of those people.