“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France
What good is it to plan or try something (perhaps something new), but have no faith in what you’re doing? And before we begin or start anything, whatever it may be, we must first have a vision. A strong vision. A well-defined, passionate one at that. A vision so strong, it won’t blow off-course or be forgotten about and will lead us to accomplish great things. Bluntly stated, without (a) vision, what’s the point? What’s our aim if we lack aspiration? Personally, if I didn’t have a vision or goal I was working towards, I would be wasting my time. And Lord knows I don’t have time to waste. No one needs to tell me life is short.
I love Carl Sandburg’s quote “Nothing happens unless first we dream.”
However, dreaming itself isn’t enough. We have to put our dreams into action. What good are our dreams if we don’t take the first steps towards pursuing them? We have to work towards them, even risking the possibility of facing failure or rejection, and making mistakes. How many times have I sat back and just daydreamed of doing stuff…. like making this blog? I still kick myself at not having created it much sooner, but something held me back. I thought I would’t know what to write about, even though I had this strong urge to write…What if my writing sounds silly to others…what if people don’t like it…what if I can’t write about something decent?…what if, what if what if. Finally, I thought, “Enough! Nothing’s holding me back from doing what I love. Who cares what people may think, anyway. It won’t stop me.” So early this year, in February I believe, this blog was born.
See, before every New Year, I make a list of resolutions and goals that I want to follow and keep. It’s not always easy to do that, and I usually find myself looking back on the list throughout the year saying, “Dang, I still haven’t done that yet.” It’s amazing at how much commitment it takes to follow a resolution list. A lot of my goals are small, and some are more serious, but they’re all important. And for this year, one of them was starting a blog. You have no idea how wonderful it felt for me to finally create an account with WordPress and start writing away! (well, I take that back. Maybe you do.) It was an uplifting feeling for me, to say the least. And it still feels good! I enjoy journaling, but I also love writing on the web for other people. And I’ll be the first to admit my writing might not always have a point. It might be complete randomness from the top of my head…. Or it might actually have a real intention. Who knows? It depend on what I feel like writing about or what inspires me that minute or day or week. I write for myself. As I mentioned before, it’s a need that I just feel. I can’t help it. It’s just there, instilled inside of me. My purpose for writing isn’t to impress people, either. It isn’t to get attention or of me trying to write what I think the public might like to hear. My writing is me. It comes from within… I believe in my writing, and figure there might be someone out there who would like to read this. But I just plum enjoying it, because it’s fun, and I’d much rather write than play video games or watch a soap opera.
But it does take dedication to stick with something. Recently, I decided to keep a composition book and write in it daily, keeping track of tasks that need to get, things I want to do, projects or ideas to start, etc, recording my progress, and then checking off the things and tasks I’ve accomplished, too. It’s kind of like another journal. A journal of ‘TO-DO LISTS”. But it helps me! It helps a lot. I find myself staying more focused and dedicated toward the goals I’m pursuing, because I’m always reflecting back on that book and asking myself what else I can do to work towards those goals. My many, many goals….
For me, I can’t just sit around and think(daydream) about doing something. I have to act on it. I have to just do it! If I ended waiting for the perfect time to do something, it would never, ever come. Ever. With, for example, my trip to Switzerland, I had to just DO IT. One of my resolutions for this year was to travel abroad. Experience a new culture/lifestyle. If I had waited until I was “ready”, I would have missed out on meeting so many wonderful people, and seeing so many beautiful places. My life is changed because of that trip. But I just felt that it was something I had to do. I was tired of the talk – I wanted to go! I wanted to get out of my little comfort zone and have an adventure. And I didn’t want to wait until I was old and retired, either. I wanted NOW. And after a lot of work researching and reading on the net, I decided to act and go for it. And boy, am I glad I did. It was one of the best decisions I made in a long time. I don’t remember ever feeling so free, so alive, so happy….
So in the long run, it’s all worth it. I’ve learned from past experience to just trust my gut instinct and believe in what I feel lead to do. To believe in myself. (such a cliché, I know)
And who said life was always a piece a cake? Life is a roller-coaster full of ups and downs and upside-downs! We just have to deal with it as they come along, and encourage one another along the way and ‘just keep swimming’.
Til then, I remain,