Throughout the course of your life, how many things do you remember wanting to be? I remember wanting to be a ballerina, then a teacher, then a police officer, a doctor, and then back to a teacher. Each time my mind changed, the dream I had seemed like it was set in stone. There was no way I would be anything other than what I wanted right then and there. But as we have all experienced, those dreams were not set in stone and they faded faster than we could have ever anticipated.
I think there are points in our lives where we can feel ourselves changing. Suddenly the things that once interested you no longer have the majority of your interest. Your connections with the people who once meant the world to you start to change, and you build connections with other people. This seems to happen at pivotal points in our life: the start of high school, start of college, graduation, new job, etc. Each time our life “begins again,” we change. So why do we feel so compelled to stay the same? We make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of each year so we can become the person we wish we were the year before. We set goals that will help us lose weight or build better habits or cut toxicity out of our lives because we think we can be better. And yet, people spend their entire lives doing something they wanted twenty years ago and wonder why they’re unhappy. They limit their goals and forget to dream.
“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Stop limiting yourself to something you used to want. The only person stopping you from living your life the way you want to live it is yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in excuses and continuously push off the things you know deep down you want the most. Often times this is done out of fear. Maybe you’re afraid you will fail. Or maybe you’re afraid the dream you’re chasing isn’t actually what you want, or it is what you want and you won’t know what to do after you get it. But there is more honor is trying and failing than there is in failing to try. Sit down and think about what it is you really want in life. If it doesn’t match up with the life you’re living, then take a leap of faith.
Dream a new dream. Live a new life.