I love this quote by C.S. Lewis because it supports my chronic dreaming habit. Ever since I was a little girl, I would gaze beyond our cityscape from our home’s wide open foothills and imagine grand adventures my future self would one day tackle.
In light of what I’m calling my recent “third-life crisis,” I’ve been dreaming brand new dreams that feel foreign and uncomfortable. Dreaming new dreams is scary but exhilarating at the same time. I’ve been gazing into my life’s rear view mirror to look at the things that made me come alive as a freckle-faced little girl and I’ve been rekindling them: wide open spaces, dolphins, the sea, horses, dancing, running, sports, books, drawing, writing, creating.
At the same time I’ve been reflecting on the things that have been killing my soul, subtly but violently:
comparison, fear of what others think, social media, worry over money and financial security, negative body-image, socially acceptable addictions, noise.
So I’m moving ahead with dreaming new dreams and making steps to transform them into reality. I’ve never felt so alive and free. I’m telling my “dream-hushers” to be quiet – breaking up with them has not been easy, but it has been liberating.
If pray that you too are encouraged to know that it’s never to late to dream new dreams. Never tell the little girl in you be quiet.
What are some of the dreams of your little girl heart? What are the things that have been killing them, subtly but dangerously?