Never give up dreaming

All my life, I’ve been a dreamer.
At age four, I dreamed of being a teacher like Aunt Vera, Uncle Bill’s girlfriend. As I approached the teen years, I dreamed of owning a candy factory and making delectable candies.
At about the same time, I dreamed of being a preacher. I practised on our front porch, preaching eloquent sermons to my invisible parishioners on the ground.
Much later, I dreamed of being a writer—writing curriculum, articles, and books. Writing in a log cabin in New England or by the seaside like Elizabeth Yates and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
And much, much later, I dreamed of making a beautiful cottage garden right outside my living room. I dreamed of being able to pick a juicy red-ripe tomato and some fresh basil at age 95.
Those are some of my dreams. Luckily, many of them I have made happen. Others I’ve decided to let go.
My first career was teaching—two years in a country school and four in a church high school. My next career was writing.
As for the candy factory, I finally gave up that dream about 25 years ago! The closest I got to being a preacher was graduating from seminary with a Master’s degree in religious education.
And as for picking a tomato at age 95, I still haven’t reached that age.
Dreams are what make us alive and vibrant. Dreams are what make us go on when we feel discouraged. Dreams are what makes life fun.
Dreams can be big or small. As big as owning a candy factory or as small as picking a tomato. What’s important is not the magnitude of your dreams, but simply that you have dreams—and that you act on them.
Marcia Wieder, author of “Making Your Dreams Come True,” says, “I’m living a life I love.” And she wants to share her secrets.
In order to make your dreams come true, you first must figure out what you want in life, says Wieder.
Would you like to make clay pots or play the flute? Would you like to be a writer or a computer whiz?
Have you always wanted to own a business? Do you long to make a hole-in-one? Or do you want to plant a beautiful wild-flower garden.
Part of clarifying your dreams is assessing your current situation. It is very important to be realistic, warns Wieder.
For instance, if you’ve had a stroke, it may not be realistic to shoot for a hole-on-one. On the other hand, a goal like that may be just what you need to regain your dexterity.
After you’re clear about your dreams, it’s time to take action. Take practical steps toward your goal every day.
If you want to plant a garden, buy seeds and begin spading the soil. If you want to play the flute, buy a flute and find a good teacher.
And make sure that you remove the obstacles, especially limiting beliefs, says Wieder. And the most limiting belief of all is feeling that you are too old!
“Don’t give up your dreams because of your age,” stresses Wieder. “We can make significant changes in our life at any time and at any age.”
So don’t ever give up dreaming. The world needs your dreams!
 Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at thisside60@aol.com or visit www.visit-snider.com

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