Dreams. Those things we had when we were younger. Those nagging ideas in the back of your head. Dreams evolve from “I want to be an astronaut when I grow up!” to “I want to travel the world!” to “I just want to be happy.” Most of the time, our dreams just fade away into the black abyss of lost ideas and lost loves. They go unattended. They dissolve. They change.
What does it take to make a dream happen?
How do we live out dreams? Can we adapt our dreams to fit our current whereabouts? Do dreams truly change?
These are the questions that have been plaguing my mind recently.
I think there are a lot of different dreams out there, some more specific than others, some perhaps more adventurous, but all equally fulfilling and fitting to each individual who desires to attain said dreams.
For me, I think having CF has really impacted the way I view my dreams. I’ve always had small goals for myself, but I never thought that these goals could be conglomerated into a large mass of social-justice fueled willingness to help others in need. When I looked at all my goals and dreams, I realized they all fit together. I honestly kind of felt pretty stupid. How could I not have seen this before? Luckily I ended up figuring it out.
I think our passions are a road map to our dreams. And sometimes, we hit a roadblock that tries to cut us off from our goals. I had dreams of traveling to other countries and helping people wherever I could. I was seriously considering just packing a bag and heading off– my family said they could see me “couching it” throughout Europe, while I always wanted to do mission-related work. Now, I still have those dreams, and slowly but surely they are being formed, planned, and coming true. But my dreams have slightly changed. I realized that because of my CF, it’s going to be harder for me to travel due to medical reasons. It’s going to be more difficult to afford the luxury of travel because of medical bills. However, in no way will I let CF control my life. It does and will affect my life, but it will never control it.
What are some dreams you’ve been putting off lately?
They’re right in front of you– go grab them.