On one of my most memorable walks with my sister, she asked me what things I’d like to do in my life, that I haven’t done yet. Gosh, I love questions like that. I love talking hopes and dreams with people, but unfortunately, it’s not usually part of everyday conversations. For the next few miles we talked about flying (her, not me), we talked about family sizes. We talked about biological kids and non-biological. We talked about farm houses, chickens, gardens and careers.
There’s something about dreaming out loud that gives our dreams a little boost. Tugs in our hearts are paired with accountability and support and before we know it, those dreams start to become reality.
I’m a firm believer that the things that give us goosebumps are there for a reason. That thing that makes your heart pound and brings little tears to your eyes? Yeah, I think that’s a passion that God gave you on purpose. It’s not something just to be brushed under the carpet. Pull it out. Tell someone about it. Get someone on your team who helps you believe in yourself.
Tonight when I put my baby to bed, I told her that she can be anything she wants to be when she grows up. Her biggest obstacle will simply be believing in herself. I want to plant those seeds of belief in her now. I want to hold her tight and tell her daily that she can do anything she sets her mind to.
The same thing goes for us adults. If you want to write a book, what are you waiting for? If you want to play the piano, then do it! I’ve been seeing so many posts on social media lately where it sounds like people are just throwing in the towel. They’re expecting failure, before they’ve even started! Why are we giving up so easily or living like we don’t have a choice?
The beautiful thing is that the hardest things are usually the most rewarding and when you start putting action to those desires in your heart, you’re going to absolutely shine.
As you begin this new week, pay attention to what stirs your heart. If you haven’t allowed yourself to feel for awhile, it might take some practice and it might be painful at first. Allow yourself to dig into those things that have always been tucked inside. God gave you those passions for a reason.
What are you dreaming of right now? What hopes and plans do you have tucked inside your heart?