Dreams: Chase or Let Go?
Dreams are a funny thing.
Two years ago, I wrote a post about a lifelong dream (I'd Like to Thank the Academy), and it was still very true for me last year as well.
Last night, I watched the Academy Awards from start to finish (a few years later) and it wasn't until this morning that it hit me. The Dream didn't jump off the shelf last night. There was no tapping on my shoulder. There was no sudden and inexplicable urge to hop in the car and head for LA.
Wow. Weird. What is going on?
A couple of weeks ago, I was disappointed about not making the cut for a very cool blogging opportunity. Through that experience, I've learned that I really do love writing and I am so fascinated by the power of social media.
I was suddenly motivated to put more of an effort into this whole blogging thing. I added a "Meet the Parents" informational tab to introduce myself and my husband. Don't let the picture scare you away.
I added social media icons up there at the top right so it would be easier to stay in touch with any of you wonderful people who humor me by visiting. I even did HTML to get those up there. I would have never ever imagined myself motivated enough to learn that kind of computer stuff. Like ever.
I even added a general Disclosure Policy in the hopes that one day I might actually get the chance to need a Disclosure Policy.
I've spent a bit more time on Twitter, trying to become more familiar with the unofficial rules and stuff. Some of them I've figured out on my own. The hard way. For example...If you are trying to build your followers by following others in the hopes that they'll follow you back? Fine. Reaching out to others is a great way to become familiar with people. But. If you sneakily unfollow people after you've built your numbers? That's just rude. And I'm onto you. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But at some point, I'll be onto you. Yeah, see... I'm real tough. Mmhmm.
So, during the Oscars last night, instead of feeling bad about myself that The Dream has gotten so incredibly dusty while it sits on that shelf with no hopes of coming down, I joined a Twitter party to discuss the Academy Awards show. I ended up making some great new connections and I also got to know a few others bit better. It was really fun.
So now I'm wondering...Is The Dream still there on the shelf or has it been replaced?
Yep, I think it's still there gathering dust while it patiently waits to be picked up and reexamined. I just think it's been joined by another dream. One that I feel like I can actually do something about. This one, I can take down whenever I have a spare minute or two. I can start chasing this one down in between loading the dishwasher and folding the clothes. (Yes, I'll actually fold them eventually!)
So I won't be getting dressed up to walk a red carpet anytime soon. But my ugly PJ pants are super comfy.
I won't have paparazzi screaming my name to get my attention, but that's okay 'cause my kids do that enough as it is.
I won't be travelling the world to film in exotic locations, but inspiration can be found even in the mundane of the school pick-up line.
So, no matter which dream I take down off the shelf, I will be choosing projects and hoping to make a difference in the world. Like shining a light on injustice, baring my soul in hopes that someone else going through a similar situation might not feel so alone, letting you into the craziness so at the very least it's good for a laugh, or just keepin' it real whether it's success or failure.
What's your dream? How are you chasing it? I'd love to hear about it in the comments down there!
Originally posted at Stinker Babies
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