Do you have a dream? You know, the kind of dream that might feel a little far off from where you are now, the kind of dream that whispers to you “anything is possible,” even if your rational mind shushes it up all too soon.
Do I know exactly what my dream is? Not really. I have ideas (and many of them involve being on stage with Lady Gaga or traveling the world making dance videos), but I’m starting to think that the uncertainty, the curiosity, the questions, are where the real juice is.
Isn’t that what pulls us forward into our dreams in ways that are even better than we could’ve imagined?
I used to get down on myself for not having a more traditional path, for not committing at a very young age to a single art form or trade. But now I’m beginning to cherish the many outlets I’ve explored and passions I’ve pursued. And in the process I’ve become so grateful for the circuitous path I travel upon.
I have a hunch that you have a dream (or multiple dreams), too. Even if they seem cloudy or completely out of sight, they are there within you. And they matter. And they are precious and need to be tended to if you ever want to discover what they really are and what they could become.
My hunch also tells me that you don’t have to abandon your life as you know it in order to pursue a dream. Of course sometimes we do feel compelled to quit our jobs, leave our primary relationships, move across the country, etc, etc, but for some of us who aren’t ready for that much of a leap, you can start small.
Start with one impulse, one picture, one dance class. Start with Fridays and declare it your day to put more focus on your creative spirit. Commit to nothing but yourself. Learn from little kids and senior citizens. Be curious. Write down what you dream of at night. Don’t wait for permission or a degree or certificate. You’re already an artist (or an athlete or an alchemist or a ….) “Live the questions now,” as Rilke tells us.
I dare you to.
And if your small step could use an extra seed of inspiration, join me. Let’s get all dreamy and inspired together next Friday in NYC.
I promise you'll get to dive deeper into your dreams and meet cool people in the process. Sign up here: Creative Fridays Feb 24th Workshop
And pass it on to a friend who has dreams too. We can only make things happen together.
Wherever you are, whatever your dreams, I wish you a world of inspiration and joy on this glorious Friday.
To the things that tickle our souls, Jess