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I had a dream or two……

I think that many of you will identify with this post.  I have written this post as much for me as I have for you and I hope that gets some of you thinking.

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting someone that has managed to fulfil a dream. They spent almost 8 months travelling through Africa and have documented, from the perspective of their trusted Land Rover, their trip extensively. I took sometime paging through their account and marvelling at some 1400 pictures that they have chosen to represent their trip. I understand that they took over 40 000 pictures on the trip.

It got me thinking that I too have had dreams, some of which I have managed to realise. I am married to an amazing woman and we have been blessed with two precious children. I have been privileged to travel to an array of countries and take in the sights and sounds, cultures and values of these amazing places. I have been fairly successful (or at least in my view anyway) in business and hope that I can continue this.

I have though many dreams that I would still like to see fulfilled.  Some of these dreams have become blunted by the “realities of life” I have parked them as things that I hope to get around to someday. I have not necessarily done this willingly, but more subconsciously as I consider other things to be of more importance.  These “realities of life” often do this to us. We believe that we cannot do what we desire because we lack the means, the knowledge or simply they do not appear important. I have come to the place where I think I have parked these because simply it is easier to do so. “What!!??!” you say……..well this is the truth. I have not given up on the dream or dreams, I have just reprioritised them and moved them backwards in terms of importance.  Have I done the right thing? I think not….

I think that I am not being true to myself

I think that parking them is fine if it is your intention, really, to get back to them. If however you have parked them and not set a time for trying to achieve them then you have let go of them. I think I may have let go of some dreams and this saddens me. Indeed, not only does it sadden me, it makes me quite cross and disappointed. I would guess that many of you reading this might feel a twinge of regret at remembering dreams that you have let slip.  Don’t!

I have resolved to re-awaken them.  I will be seeking and digging deep to remember some of the dreams I have parked for so long that I have forgotten about them.  To be true to myself I need to do this.  To be true to the ones I love around me I need to do this I would urge you, as I am going to, to transfer this guilt into action, I am going to work on my dreams and hopefully something will come from this. I am realising that it is fine to work with the “realities of life” but also that I want to hold onto my dreams.  Hopefully I will get somewhere and hopefully I will inspire others to do the same.

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Mike • September 21, 2010

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  1. kambabe September 21, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    Dreams are just hopes yet realised, goals not yet reached and things to look forward to.

  2. Scott September 21, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    Interesting post, Mike. I agree- goals should have a finite period, but dreams? Well, for some, they may never realise them, but they help to lift us out of our current challenges. They should inspire us (and even others!) I remember your China trip. That, my friend, was an amazing adventure. More of those for you, please!

  3. Maritza September 21, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    This is such a fundamental discovery to make, especially for parents. I had a similar insight a few months ago, and just recently I reiterated to my husband that we’re not living enough. We’re just doing.

    One of the things I’ve started to prevent my parked dreams from floating off into nothingness, is to make them more visible. My bucket list is now no longer a list stuck away in a drawer. It’s a very visible kanban of items that I’m moving from Next, Doing to Done. That way, I can’t just forget them or put them off indefinitely.

    For me, visualizing those dreams and acting on them practically has been a life-changing experience.

  4. Mike September 21, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    Hi Karen,

    Many thanks for popping by and your forward looking response. Truly appreciate it

  5. Mike September 21, 2010 - 6:05 pm

    Howzit Scott,

    Thanks for your comment and indeed a “yes please” from me for more adventures. I wish you the same Scott!

  6. Mike September 21, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    Hi Maritza,

    Thanks for the response and the great advice. I will most certainly be removing the list from my drawer and making it a little more visible

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