What is your life-long dream?

My life-long dream was to live in a simple cabin in the woods in upstate New York or in New England.
With snow on the ground, I would cook simple foods like brown rice and beans. And bake bread for supper. We would heat our cabin with wood cut from our own woodlands. And I would write every day.
That has been my dream since my 20s.
When our children were young, we lived in a big city surrounded by people. I had a card table in the kitchen for a desk and wrote early in the morning before the children got up.
A far cry from my simple cabin in the woods!
For the next 25 years, I went to work every day and even worked in the evenings. Fortunately, my work was writing. But public relations writing is quite different than writing from your soul.
Now, this side of 60, we live in a simple house on two acres of woods in the centre of the United States. And, as I write, there is snow on the ground and we have a fire in the fireplace with wood cut from our own acreage.
With the deciduous leaves gone, I can see my daughter’s silo-house. I am cooking brown rice and beans, and am surrounded by the aroma of bread baking in the breadmaker.
Finally, I have realized my life-long dream!
Beside me, I have a book by Louise Dickinson Rich—“We Took to the Woods.” The picture on the cover is a snow-covered cabin in the Maine woods.
As an adolescent, Rich told people that when she grew up she wanted “to live alone in a cabin in the Maine woods and write.”
“Of course,” says Rich, “I found out later that everybody is at one time or another going to do something of the sort. It’s part of being young.”
But, like her famous aunt, Emily Dickinson, Louise loved time alone and was destined to be a writer. So, in 1942, she wrote her first book, “We Took to the Woods.”
Living without electricity, indoor plumbing, or other creature comforts, Rich had found her dream of living a simple life in the woods. And her book about this experience was an immediate hit.
In fact, Rich is credited with starting the back-to-the-land movement.
“We Took to the Woods,” and subsequent books, were translated into many languages and established Louise Dickinson Rich as a prominent wilderness writer.
One of Rich’s friends commented, “Isn’t it wonderful that you’re at last doing what you always said you wanted to do! It proves that anything is possible, if one wants it enough to work for it.”
How about you? What is your life-long dream?
Is it a simple cabin in the woods or a colonial house in the city? Is it writing poetry or learning to paint? Is it going to concerts or playing concerts? Is it restoring an antique car or making a hole in one on the golf course?
And whatever your dream is, do you want it enough to work for it?
As you prepare for the new year ahead, remember to make some resolutions that will help you achieve your dream.
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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