Posts tagged ‘dreams’

April 1, 2017

Let your passion lead you

Inspiration to follow your passion from filmmaker and adventurer Frank Wolf, who made a six-week, 1,800-kilometre canoe journey from Saskatchewan to Nunavut and wrote about it in the Spring 2017 issue of Explore magazine:

I quit my job to do this trip — another necessary loss [along with loss of comfort, loss of routine and loss of connection with those left behind]. I had a choice between stability and passion. Passion won out and now a summer of possibility awaits, future be damned.

And three days into the trip, when Wolf snapped a tendon in his thumb and could no longer flex the digit:

When you put months of time and energy into a venture like this, the loss of partial hand function is a relatively small price to pay. A tendon can be repaired later, but these remote quests are once-in-a-lifetime.

Pursue your passion, people. Move through the obstacles as they appear and keep striding forward to where your heart wants to lead you.

December 3, 2014

Let go of the pen in your hand

Thought for the day, courtesy of writer Mary Beth Danielson:

If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again.

Life doesn’t follow any set script. Loose your grip on the pen in your hand — the pen that’s trying to write a storyline for the days and years ahead of you. Let that pen fall to the ground. Let it stay there. Free yourself from the bounds of any set destination. Allow life to come to you as it will.

Sometimes the act of letting go is actually the act of welcoming in.

October 26, 2013

Is your life pedestal-worthy?

Check out these great lyrics from the song “History” by a short-lived indie band that I can no longer identify (despite several attempts to do so!):

Take everything you believe in
Put it on a pedestal to see,
Does it still hold
What you’re dreaming?
Would a child say that it’s their fantasy?

Sometimes it’s good to sit back and evaluate where you are in your life — using a gentle, non-judgemental, uncritical eye, of course! Are you going in the direction you want to go in? Are your days filled with people and activities that make you glow? Is there anything important missing, and if so, what real-life steps can you take to change that?

Make it your goal to live a life that you admire — one that shines brightly from any pedestal you place it on. Live the life that your younger self dreamed about!

August 2, 2013

Instructions for life (#1): Do the things you love NOW

Do the things you love now, because you never know when the possibility or the ability to do those things will be taken away from you. As improbable or impossible as it may seem to you in this moment, you could very well wake up tomorrow and find yourself unable to write, sing, run, speak, walk, swim, go outside, dance, see, hold your children, or what have you. Do the things you love now, while you have the ability to do them. Don’t waste this time, for it is a time-limited gift, and it will not be available to you forever.

Prioritize the things you love above all else. There is little point in frittering away the time that you do have on lesser activities or pursuits. Do only the things that give you true joy, do them often, and do them whole-heartedly. Do not feel guilty about this. This is your life, after all, and the best way to spend it is in doing the things that make you feel the most happy.

Remember that even if you are forced to give up some crucial part of your life because of circumstances beyond your control, you will survive the loss. You will. There are other parts of yourself, as yet explored, waiting to be shown the light. The old parts of you will live on in fond memory, and the new parts will carry you forward into the future.

There are many chapters in your book of life. Not all chapters will be easy or fun to read, but all chapters will be meaningful. Live each chapter fully, while it is before you, because eventually — perhaps at a moment you least expect or desire — that chapter will close for good, leaving you with an entirely different set of words and sentences from which to compose your path and craft your identity.

July 24, 2013

Choose wisely, and choose with all your heart

I have always liked this lyric from the song “Free” by First Time Fallen:

Guaranteed to live and die,
Our choice is what we do in between.

So many of us fritter away that time in between, afraid to do or try the things that really speak to us, really matter to us.

Don’t be one of those people. What speaks to you? What matters to you? Do it. Do it now. There is absolutely no better time than right now. Trust me. Waiting until you have more money or a better job or a (different) partner or a house or more free time won’t make things any easier for you, and it won’t improve your chances of success one bit. It really won’t. Now is the time. Start. Just take one step. You can do it. You absolutely can. I believe in you.

June 30, 2013

Your “bucket list” is waiting . . .

On the night of October 19, 1984, then-RCMP officer Scott Deschamps survived a fatal small-plane crash that took the lives of six other passengers in northern Alberta. Critically injured, Deschamps spent a night clinging to life beside a campfire stoked by three other survivors. As the hours passed, Deschamps found himself writing a mental bucket list of all the things he had wanted to do but hadn’t done yet — earn a university degree, travel, learn to sail, learn another language, spend more time outdoors, have children . . . . Four months later, Deschamps left his job with the RCMP. In this passage from Carol Shaben’s book Into the Abyss, which tells the compelling story of the plane crash and its aftermath, Deschamps explains why:

During the crash I spent fourteen hours lying in the snow unable to move . . . . That environment facilitated a time of reflection which prompted my decision. I’ve always wanted to go to university ever since I can remember and I’ve never done it.  I was always working. Now I realize that life is so fragile. People talk about the right to life. I don’t talk about the right to life; I talk about the privilege it is to live because any one of us can be killed at any time. It is so easy and it happens so quick. So if you haven’t done the things that you’ve always wanted to do, it’s time to do them.

In the years that followed, Deschamps crossed every single item off the bucket list he had created that night.

What will it take for you to do the same?

Life is short.  Live it.

January 12, 2013

If you want to get anything done in this life . . . just do it

Have you ever let naysayers or internal fears stop you from pursuing the dreams or paths that call to you?  Here’s a bit of inspiration to help overcome such obstacles, courtesy of a few books I read recently:

From Plastiki:  Across the Pacific Ocean on Plastic, David de Rothschild’s chronicle of his four-year project to build a boat from recycled plastic bottles and sail it across the ocean from San Francisco to Sydney:

My attitude is that there will always be skeptics and people who want you to fail.  If you worry about failure, you’re not going to get anything done in this life. . . . [But] when you follow an audacious dream into the unknown, the journey itself can be inspiring in ways beyond imagining.

De Rothschild and his six-person crew successfully sailed their boat of 12,500 plastic bottles from San Francisco to Sydney, raising awareness about ocean health and inspiring thousands of people to rethink their relationships to disposable plastics.

And from Dauod Hari’s excellent book The Translator:  A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur:

You have to be stronger than your fears if you want to get anything done in this life.

Hari, a translator by chance, risked his life several times over to take foreign journalists into the Darfur region of Sudan, all so that stories about the atrocities of genocide occurring in the area could reach international eyes and ears.

If Hari can overcome fears of persecution and death in order to walk his path, can you overcome your own (perhaps lesser) fears to walk yours?

October 3, 2012

Observed on the street: A neglected dream

I came across this derelict ship in the woods bordering a dead-end street:

Photo of an old boat permanently beached in the bush.


This permanently beached vessel reminds me of how important it is that we set our dreams sail while we still can.  If we wait too long — perhaps hoping for the “right” wind or the “perfect” day or “enough” of this or that — we may one day find that our dreams have, through neglect, reached such a state of decay, become so high and dry, that they are no longer seaworthy, even if the “perfect” conditions did occur.

To quote Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbour.  Catch the trade winds in your sail.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.

Go ahead, blow wind into that sail.  Your dreams are waiting.