Ever since I was a little girl, I would say I have always been a big dreamer or perhaps one with big, hairy, audacious goals.
During summer nights I remember talking with my dad as we looked at the stars from the patio. Some brighter than others with potentially orbiting satellites dancing around the sky, we would talk for hours just about everything under the Milky Way.
While the satellites rotated around to collect their data, our conversations revolved around what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was one of those kids that wanted to be an astronaut this week and a nuclear physicist the next. Well…maybe not, but I always remember I wanted to do something creative.
The stories and poetry I would write, the art I would craft, and the strong-willed spirit I have, I knew it was in my blood to be inventive and entrepreneurial with a heavy emphasis on helping others.
About a year ago I remember watching a documentary about an Olympic figure skater. When they interviewed her mother what stood out to me was her daughter not saying if she was going to make the team, but when she was going to make the team. I thought to myself what a powerful statement, a heart of passion, a mind for gold and this girl did just that. But one thing that wasn’t carved with a blade on the ice was the year it was all going to happen.
It’s 2022 and it’s been a thrilling and eventful experience in many ways, but one thing I think about—that burning desire—is that I’m still not where I want to be yet and it’s tough. There is this little sailboat that is battling through white caps of waves and storms waiting to reach the other side and it’s a difficult process. This is the hardest part for all of us—the waiting game.
So, in our lives at this very moment, we may not be where we exactly hope and want to be, but life is a series of transitions and change, so keep the jib intact and let the sails catch the wind even if you can’t see the shoreline and miles of ocean.
Even in this shake-up of uncertainty, if the dream stays the same it doesn’t matter how many storms rock the boat, eventually, we will get to our destination, just keep your life preserver on and enjoy the tranquil waters in between.
I’m cheering for you.