When I was a kid, my mom and dad often gave me this advice: “You can do anything you want to do in your life.” ANYTHING.
Man, were they surprised when I believed them.
I’m fairly certain that many parents cheer their children from the sidelines, telling them the same thing. They listen to their 5-year-old daughter’s special show, and tell her, “Maybe someday you’ll become a famous actress!” They sit for hours at their son’s football games and tell him, excitedly, “You can play for the NFL when you grow up!”
But then those children grow up. And forget what their parents told them. ‘Anything’ becomes getting an education (maybe), getting a job (maybe), meeting someone, hooking up, having kids, and paying the bills.
The wild dreams of youth flutter away as people sink into the conformity of ‘regular life.’ Obligation and fear drive us. We don’t even remember the dreams we meant to follow.
What if you believed your parents that you can do anything you want to do in this life? What if you carried this message into your adulthood?
Stay with me here.
Okay, so my kids wrote out their “bucket lists” recently. And my 8-year-old daughter listed high on her list that she wanted to someday fly. At first blush, this, of course, sounds ridiculous. Human beings can’t fly. Or… can they?
My daughter can become a pilot. She can fall in love with skydiving, hang gliding, or parasailing. And – who knows? By the time she gets to adulthood, maybe people will be able to fly. Maybe she’ll figure out how.
Do you ever asking yourself, now that you’re an adult: “What happened to my kid dreams? Where did my dreams go?” Do you let yourself get caught up in the dreams someone else had for you and you’re afraid to break out of the box to live the life of your dreams?
I think we all face this fear of stepping out of what society, our parents, our spouses, or our peer groups think is normal life. But is it normal for you? Are you living the life of your dreams? You can do anything you want to do. So now go and do it.