This is my last post with the theme “goals”. Perhaps the use of the word “dreams” rather than goals maybe more appealing to some. However, for me dreams are intangible. They cannot be touched and so cannot come to fruition.
But when I began to think about the goals I have set for myself I realised that they started when I noted down, without any rules , those funny, impossible, madcapped, and personal dreams in my trusty journal. They were outlandish, they were trite perhaps to others, they seemed impossible or some were just wishful thinking. BUT they were my dreams or aspirations.
“Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream there is hope, and as long as there is hope there is joy in living”. Author unknown
The dreams were personal but once they were there in front of me having been given colour they began to become achievable. Well, perhaps not all of them. Yes, I still have those dreams that I will never see come to fruition but hey that’s fine with me. I still enjoy the dreams.
I will give you an example. One of my dreams which has become a constant in my journaling is to dance. Now let me explain, I may have the rhythm in my head, but it never actually reaches my toes. It is official that I have two left feet.
This doesn’t stop me loving and admiring the beauty and strength of ballet; the rhythm, costumes and history of national dances: imagining myself dancing on Strictly come Dancing or Dancing with the Stars; watching young people performing modern dance with such innovative moves; trying to do the moves from Hairspray on the Wii; or imagining me attending a 1940s themed dance and dancing the jive, the jitterbug or the swing.
(I am sitting here typing amid tears of laughter as my dream of dancing the swing ends in me standing on my partners toes, missing the swing totally and bringing everyone around me crashing to the floor.)
I have enjoyed the process of trying to turn those dreams into attainable goals. Researching how I can do something and through that research perhaps realising that the goal is not something I need or want. Sometimes the research has led me down a totally different path which has proven to be far more enjoyable and enlightening.
One thing I have learnt is that I agree with the quote from C.S Lewis “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”
These dreams or goals do not have to come to fruition; sometimes just starting the journey is enough.