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Dreaming in the Dark

Dreams are a funny business.  Some people spend their whole life chasing, reaching out, trying to get them, but rarely are they a catch-all to happiness if reached.  Some people are empowered by their dreams.  They can rejuvenate and re-energize.  Others grow bitter and despondent at the things in life that never were or never will be.

As kids we dream of the world.  I remember when I was young.  My dad had a map of the United States hanging in his shop.  In my mind, through my young eyes, it’s still ten feet across, but in reality I’m sure it was much less.  San Francisco, New York, Miami, Texas.  They were like faraway treasures only seen in movies.  Our town wasn’t even a faint dot on the map.  Population 1,200 doesn’t show up at that scale.  The Grand Canyon, giant redwood trees, the rolling ocean, and the Empire State Building filled my imagination.  The world seemed endless.  And I hadn’t even begun to think beyond the U.S.

By 23 I had talked my way into a 16-day, solo motorcycling camping trip for my final three credits of college.  I dipped my toes into the Pacific ocean, gazed across the Grand Canyon, and drove through the smoldering heat of Death Valley in late June and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains near the top of the world.  I’d lived in Florida for a year and moved back to the Midwest.

Once grown, everything shrinks.  Sometimes, so do our dreams.  But dreams are important, and we should never stop dreaming.  They can free us us from our routine and rut of life and set us on the most amazing new paths.

A few years back I read of a middle-aged couple who sold their house, their belongings, everything but the clothes on their back.  They packed up their motorcycle and set out to live life on the road, experiencing the world together.  They were true romantics.  They were dreamers.  The world is full of them.

I remember flying home for my sister’s wedding.  We stopped by the local bar, the only bar really in a town of 1,200 people.  Kids I’d gone to high school with drank beer and did shots and cracked jokes.  I drank in silence.  I thought of something I’d heard someone ask once, “Would you rather work one job for thirty years or thirty different jobs for one year each?”  Those people there seemed to be of the former.  I was the latter, and it all seemed so sad.

A year later I moved back home and realized I’d had it wrong.  They just had different dreams.  Family glued it all together in my mind.  Nieces and nephews ran rampant.  I got a job, one I could call a career.  I got promoted.  I got promoted again.  I bought a flat screen television.  And a car.  And worked 60 hours a week, spending my nights watching reruns of The Daily Show or Keeping up with the Kardashians or some Seinfeld episode for the sixth time.

I’d never contemplated suicide, but that isn’t the same as embracing life.  Or not wishing for death.  An old friend complained to me out of the blue, saying he would never kill himself, but that he could understand the appeal.  I understood.  Weeks before, my back a total mess, almost 400 pounds, spending ten minutes crawling ten damn feet to the bathroom on my hands and knees and hoping I wouldn’t shit myself, thoughts like getting robbed or in an accident or having a heart attack went through my head.

In the dark, left alone with only myself, it seemed like a good way to go.

I’d stopped dreaming.  Or I’d grown up, my dreams faded as if written long ago in pencil.  That happens to many it seems.  As a child those dark nights–all alone–had burst with adventure and possibility.  At what point does excitement fade into bitterness?

I contemplated quitting my job.  I shaved my head.  I continued burying myself in work and McDonalds and television.  I’d buy an extra value meal, a shake, a few burgers, then go home and try not to think about anything.  Again, I’d gotten it all wrong.

What is that old quote?  There are three types of people in the world: those that do, those that watch, and those that wonder.  That’s bullshit.  I don’t buy it.  There’s only one type at the core.  When you really boil it down to what we’re all after.  We’re all dreamers.  Some dreams have changed.  Some have got smaller.  Some people have just stopped dreaming altogether.  I had given up.

I want to dream again.  Not little dreams of a new car or a new job or a giant house or even winning the lottery.  Those are small dreams.  I’m talking big dreams.  Dreams that will truly change my life.  Dreams that will bring true happiness.  Those big dreams all start on the inside.  Those are dreams about changing yourself.  About overcoming your fears.  About accepting not who you are but who you know you can be.  Dreams that start with the knowledge that when reached, won’t bring you happiness, but knowledge that the joys and experiences along the journey are what life is about.  Those are the dreams that reinvigorate and re-energize.  Those are the adventures I used to dream about as a kid.

Tonight, laying awake in my bed, only silence and darkness around me, I’ll once again dream.

*inspired by the weekly writing challenge


  1. “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” One of my most favorite quotes and oh so fitting. If you dream you can believe and you can achieve! You will set out to achieve your goals. I believe in you and know you can do it. Good luck my friend ill be rooting for you!

  2. Good post. I think we stop dreaming as we get older because we learn that it hurts sometimes. We stop allowing ourselves to be vulnerable enough to do it.

  3. Great post! That’s exactly what I’m doing in 2013, buying a van, going out on the road, travelling, blogging and playing music through Europe. Maybe for a year, two years, even longer, I don’t know. All I know is that the domestic dream is not for me, not anymore. It’s time for a change!

    Thanks for the inspiring post! Our time is our most valuable resource, we should start treating it as such 🙂


  4. I appreciate your reflective regret and longing to dream. I would put it this way. Too many of us have traded in authentic dreams for the nightmares fed to us by our consumer culture. In my last two posts, I’ve been reflecting on waste and the worship of money, As Thoreau put it, “The world is too much with us.” I hope you realize your genuine dreams.

  5. You are right, in that different people have different dreams and that’s how it should be. But whatever the case may be, I don’t think people should ever stop dreaming. It’s sad when they do….Congrats on getting FP!

  6. Reminds me of a quote by Thoreau, “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
    Lovely post and a timely reminder as we gather with loved ones, sharing old memories and creating new expectations for the year ahead.

  7. Wow. I’m speechless. This was powerful, amazingly relatable, and beautifully written.

  8. And the dark always magnifies everything, doesn’t it? Congratulations on being FPed. This was a great post.

  9. “Not little dreams of a new car or a new job or a giant house or even winning the lottery. Those are small dreams. I’m talking big dreams. Dreams that will truly change my life. Dreams that will bring true happiness.”

    Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the FP.

  10. very true, Dreams start on the inside, I like that,, I can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2013 following your dreams, may no mountains,giants or anything in this world be your limit, may you go beyond, break into new frontiers of your soul and achieve those Big dreams that live in the inside…one of my favorite quotes is,, Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life becomes a little broken winged bird that cannot fly, so may you never give up and fly and soar….loved your blog,awesome ;0)

  11. I used to think knowing the problem made things easier.
    I’m not sure anymore. I know I need a change, for myself, but I don’t know what I could do to make it happen. The solution should be so easy, but it really isn’t.
    Thank you for this post- it’s nice to know other people feel this way, sometimes, too.

    • But I think the key is realizing there isn’t a solution. I know, for myself, I need something to work towards and be passionate about to keep my spirits up. Right now, it is writing and getting healthy. If I don’t have those goals to look forward too, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.

  12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” ~John Lennon <3 Don't give up. Dreams are the wonders of this world. It is only through them that we can be truly happy.

  13. Thanks for all the thoughtful responses everyone! Unfortunately, as the apocalypse is supposedly coming today, I may not get a chance to respond back.

  14. I think the will to dream is very strong, built into us, in fact. Suppressing that will takes a huge effort, and even then, it only goes underground. Thanks for a great post.

  15. One can never dream too much. I have found much success in bringing my dreams to reality as well. Thanks for sharing this awesome post!

  16. It is a generational issue. I relate. Saw your FP post just after writing a post on achieving true life changes on my blog which is dedicated to it. This generation (especially in this country) needs things to change fundamentally before we can be happy again. My heartfelt wishes for success. If one makes it, all of us sort of do as well.

  17. That’s an incredibly powerful post. my heartfelt wishes for every success in the future and may all your dreams come true.

  18. Reblogged this on The World Through My Camera Lens and commented:
    “I want to dream again. Not little dreams of a new car or a new job or a giant house or even winning the lottery. Those are small dreams. I’m talking big dreams. Dreams that will truly change my life. Dreams that will bring true happiness. Those big dreams all start on the inside. Those are dreams about changing yourself. About overcoming your fears. About accepting not who you are but who you know you can be. Dreams that start with the knowledge that when reached, won’t bring you happiness, but knowledge that the joys and experiences along the journey are what life is about. Those are the dreams that reinvigorate and re-energize.”

  19. I hope I never stop dreaming. Although I find that some dreams do fade with age. I’ve been fighting this for a while of course, and I really hope that I win. Extremely though-provoking post.

  20. A very moving piece, fella. My dream was always to have a wife and family. I knew, even as a child, that this simple wish was all I needed. The path to where I am now has been long but I can truly say that every step has helped me live the dream. Money and things are of no consequence – just as well because we’ve been skint for most of the journey. If you need a friend just get in touch.

  21. I have decided that no matter what this year I am not going to be vanilla. Thats it. I bought a book just for keeping goals in and Im going to fill it with goals and hit it hard.

  22. Great post. I learned early on that it’s free to dream and it’ll cost me a lot if I don’t go after them. So dream on and go after them. Wish you all the best 🙂

  23. I think your post is perfectly expressed. I had to tell you how much I enjoyed it. You made me wonder what my dreams were as a child. Which I love. Remember being asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Probably as far as I ever got in my dreams until my teens. You can bet I had plenty of dreams then. I miss those days. Maybe I’d have more dreams, if I crafted a few questions like my teachers. Although, I don’t think I want them in my head right now. LOL. Happy New Year!

  24. Beautifully written. I used to be able to relate to the depressive feelings. I finally started dreaming big and it has saved my life.

  25. Wow! Great Post! Well said.

  26. Wonderful challenge. Its so true, when we stop dreaming we stop living ti the fullest.

  27. Powerful and beautiful post!

  28. An amazing piece you have written, the line that speaks the most to me is “We’re all dreamers. Some dreams have changed. Some have got smaller. Some people have just stopped dreaming altogether.” I try to remind myself to dream big, that there are so many ways that I can be a better person, that I can improve who I am inside and out. That I have so much to learn about myself as an individual and as a member of society. And, by dreaming and striving to make those dreams a reality that one day I may reach my full potential. So thank you for reminding me to never stop dreaming.

  29. Wow, great post. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  30. Love this. Everyone needs dreams. Of all shapes & sizes. Mine is to one day hike the inca trail to Machu pichu. I just think that the combination of achieving something so challenging as well as the amazing end reward would be breathtaking.

  31. Outstanding post.

    Jeff, please don’t give up. You can and will make your dreams come true. Just think, you have already lived a dream most people, including me, on WordPress dream, to become Freshly Pressed. Congrats for being Freshly Pressed.

    I would love to reblog this post. Check out our post: Your Life, it shares your sentiments. And let me know if you are okay with me reblogging your post.

    Our family blog:

  32. I like it. A lot! Without dreams what good are we? When all is said and done would we want to be remembered for being mediocre or for being a person that uses their time here for something absolutely amazing?

  33. This is a lovely post. I’ve always had this image of lives being heavily weighted at one end or the other with the potential versus the actual. When we’re young, so much of who we are is defined by our sense of incredible potential – what *can* I be? what *can* I do? A vast portion of our sense of self – the bit below the iceberg – is our possibleness. And as we age, it becomes, what am I? what do I do? – indeed, probably more “I am”, “I do”.

    The shift made me painfully aware of limitations; perhaps I was not the person I thought I was. And now, the bit below the iceberg is formed of stories. With just a little tip of possibility. In this sense, it’s natural that our dreams will at least change as we age. But I think you’re right, to remember the importance of thinking about yourself in terms of potential, because of course, it’s never really gone; it’s just that your field of opportunities *has* narrowed. And that’s just a sad fact about life. But you know, it is also scarcity that creates value. So this growingly finite set of options is also a source of great richness.

    One other thought – and I know I’m rambling, I’m sorry, I just woke up 🙂 – is to urge you not to dismiss small dreams. In fact, I think they’re more important than big ones. Another of our problems as we age is we start to assign value in ways that reflect adult preoccupations of status and worth: dreams are only worthwhile if they are hard to afford, take lots of time, have a sheen of internationalness etc. etc. But kids dream about the most unimportant things. Will it snow? What will happen to Dr Who next week? Can I take a day off school? Now, I’m not saying that we should try to pretend we still feel excited by these things that are, predominantly childish preoccupations, because (for most of us) it will have fakeness at its core that is fundamentally empty. But I think that finding in our adult lives these little moments of hope and innocence, finding where the shift has taken those types of dreams, and investing our thoughts of the future into them can be no bad thing. It makes the world fresh again. 🙂

    • I’ve heard it said that as you grow older you have to keep making decisions and picking paths, and each choice made eliminates another possible road for who you can become. I think that’s a natural thought. But who’s to say you can’t go back and take that road?

      Just having a dream and working towards it makes the journey, and all the small things, so much better. Because you are happier. At least for me.

    • Ah yes! Little moments in our adult life of hope and innocence .. I am making a collection. 🙂

  34. Auh, I always dream in the day!

  35. Good for you mate! It’s fantastic that your craving that positive outlook. On a similar tone, I have so many clients that believed they were living ‘the’ dream only to eventually realize it wasn’t ‘their’ dream, it’s a great message you have here.

  36. Love your article. Great. Keep going and don’t stop. Enjoy 2013.

  37. Beautiful 🙂 perfect honest and true 🙂

  38. Dreams are very important things and honestly I believe they are the only tings you should give your all to. That said, I do understand your point, there’s a stage in life where everyone may give up, generally speaking the older you get the more the ground shrinks. You said it yourself – follow your dreams. I’d like to say though, so you went across the U.S, wasn’t that a dream achieved? So what happened after? I think you’re looking for something else. Find it and your true dream of finally fulfilling your dreams will be there. Plus, that satisfaction will last you way more than one year – guaranteed. Everyone wishes for many things, everyone has different dreams but the only important thing(Stuff) here is finding yours. (I’d like to point out how how almost ingeniously added by blogs title in the last/most important sentence!)

  39. A dream is your hearts deepest secret and thoughts,pay attention for it can set you free in ways 😉

  40. It’s weird, but I’m finding my dreams growing as I get older. Kinda crazy, considering I now have less time to actualize them. I think it’s because I’ve stopped playing around and worrying about looking like an idiot to everybody else (as much) in order to try the things I’ve always wanted to try.

    No bad time to start anything. All the best, and congrats on being FP!

  41. Absolutely amazing content. And yes there is one core type…dreamers!

  42. Really great post, I enjoy the sense of longing throughout. Great idea of the dream actually being a conduit for transformation based on what happens along the way. It wasn’t my dream to work at but I would not change the experience because of all that I have learned and experienced along the way.

  43. I love this post.. it reminds me why I shouldn’t be afraid to dream big, because at my age my life hasn’t even started yet!

  44. To dream means you intend to live life fuller than you presently are. When we stop looking ahead we are eschewing all the great things that can find their way into our path!

  45. Congrats on reconnecting to the Dreamer in you! Dreaming of things, even the simplest of things from having time to marvel at a blade of grass make it’s determined way up through the thickest concrete to imagining my joy when I fall in love again whether with an adorable child, a dog, my day, a senior telling poignant stories of dreams they once had or realized, my home, my writing goals or a man who is a life partner and dreamer as we walk life together, I plan on never stopping dreaming. I believe dreaming is just the beginning of all good things we do. Dream on, I say, dream on 🙂 You are awakening to the proliferation of possibilities for yourself… just as I slowly am… once again. Thanks for this piece. Nicely done.

  46. #CoolBlogPost @DrAnthony

  47. Love this post so much. I believed dream is a plan that will come true someday,all you have to do is keep believe on your dream and try to make it happen.

  48. A very excellent post. Dreaming is a human necessity. wIthout dreams we clog our brains and stop forward living. Keep a dream journal and list every dream you have for yourself. Soon you will begin to realize that you are actually following some of them and making moves toward others.

  49. I’ve always been a big dreamer, a dreamer with get-up-and-go and results. But… there are times in one’s life when the brain chemicals just aren’t cooperating, or not long enough. To find a way back to the dreamworld, and to make it last, that is the hardest.

  50. I love dreaming about things, but I find it terrifying to think that maybe all I can do is dream, and that I’ll never attain what I want.

    • So try. Be crazy. Do the things you want and if they don’t work, try something else. At least then you won’t be disappointed you never went after it. All the best moments of my life are from those times when I just leapt. I wish I’d realized that earlier, as I’ve only done it a few times. I plan on leaping many more times now.

  51. theperpetualtraveller

    December 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    It’s never too late to start dreaming again, and it’s never too late to start turning those dreams into reality.

    I used to be stuck where you are, constantly dreaming but never putting those dreams into motion. But 3 years ago, my boyfriend broke up with me, and it was all the incentive I ever needed. I left home, thinking I’d travel and work overseas for a year. 3 years later, I am still going strong, and still dreaming of new places to visit and to live in. One dream led to another.

    Good luck for the journey, whatever your dreams may be 🙂

  52. Great post! I don’t think that dreams bring happiness; I think a life that you feel has meaning does. If that means following your dreams – do so. But not every dream will give you a life filled with meaning.

  53. Your post was so honest and thoughtful. Thank you. It made me think of a quote that I read the other day, something like “There’s a difference between simply existing and truly living.” I hope to be truly living. 🙂

  54. Beautiful and beautifully written. Sweet dreams, and I’ll be dreaming with you.

  55. It’s so true,so beautiful !!!

  56. a lot of insightful stuff, dood. like the thought: WE ARE ALL dreamers. i appreciate, cling onto, hold, weave into MYing, all threads towards oneness. (and i make some attempt, sumtimes, not to sound toooo .. trite).

    i’ll be back!

    (i’m a “peters” — but there’re a lot of them, eh?)

  57. All I can say to this is “Don´t dream your life – live your dreams”. Thanks for sharing this!

  58. Wonderful post. My dreams as a kid were always too fantastical, but I do believe in being happy, and changing my life if I’m not. I find it helpful to always recognize a situation – the only way to change something is to first know you’re unhappy with it. Keep your dreams alive 🙂

  59. Powerful post, and the number of people replying is surely a testament to that. We live in a time where every person’s dreams are so needed. We are all here at this moment on this earth together, lets each “make something of ourselves” in the very real and powerful way you have shared!

  60. Don’t stop great enjoy nice

  61. great post! yes, i also realized that as you grow older and sees things realistically, your dreams get smaller to the point that you don’t bother dreaming at all. maybe that’s because of continued disappointments? but later on, you also realize that dreaming is a beautiful thing, it can actually turn a bad day to a bliss.

  62. Thanks for the post… for opening up. Keep dreaming!

  63. If you dream it you can be it…… you just have to do it!!! A note to myself 🙂

  64. I believe dreaming is a way of awakening yourself to reality. Nice post! 😀

    • I love your quote ……Dreaming IS EVERYTHING …..Dreamers have given us ALL,ALL THE Material Things : Airplanes,Movies,cell-phones….Ways of THINKING: Books……OMG , GET IT (TO ALL OTHERS)????

  65. I love this line: “My dreams faded as if written long ago in pencil.” But faded is better than totally erased. I think we can’t stop dreaming because that would mean we would stop living as well. Thanks for your post.

  66. Very interesting post. I like how you put yourself out there on the edge with vulnerability. I am a firm believer in Dreaming. As a kid they used to tell me that I was too much of a dreamer and that artists have to starve and a bunch of other lies and crap! Well I ran a gallery as a Gallery Director for a time and what I learned was 1.) I am as good as they are and 2.) They are all millionaires! That is when I set my head to going professional. As with all dreams there is inside work, and it has taken me awhile to grow to the point that I could make that dream happen. Remember this… If you cannot bring yourself to believe in the unseen, things like angels, and faeries and all sorts of the Unseen world then how will you ever believe in your dreams coming true as they will be unseen till they are no longer dreams. Peace and LOVE from MyButterflySpirit (Sj)

  67. “Once grown, everything shrinks. Sometimes, so do our dreams” I feel this way sometimes and I don’t think I could’ve put it any better.

    I used to look at people and think that it’s so sad that they’ve abandoned their dreams, but as I grow older I realize that to keep dreaming takes a lot of effort; A conscious action that must be made in order to keep them alive.

    Great post!

    • I used to have a real condescending attitude towards those people who seemed content to spend of their days in one place. But I try not to judge. I’m guessing as I grow older and get a family of my own, it may be all need. I do hope that I can keep dreaming at that point though.

  68. Hey dreamer, thanks for sharing. That’s always a big step. Like you writing. Keep writing

  69. Thanks for sharing. Loved it. Sad, beautiful and relatable all at the same time.

  70. Dreaming is always good till it you work in making it a reality. If you are only going to daydream and expect things around to change, that is not going to happen.

  71. Thanks for the post… for opening up. Keep dreaming!!!!!

  72. Perfect reading material at this time of the year, when we need to align past achievements and failures with future goals.

    I read this while on a trip out of town for Christmas Eve and at some point I thought I found a validation of my suspicion that the power of our dreams, particularly our daydreams, wanes as we get older.

    I mean, when I was a student, I could hold a single thought throughout a bus ride and my bus ride to school would take at least half an hour but now driving my own car, I often find my daydreams interrupted by a car that cuts me or a pedestrian who takes his sweet time on the crossing or my phone beeping for somebody’s message.

    I also believe, though, that our life is mostly a result of the dreams we dared or did not dare to dream in the past. Sometimes, dreams-come-true do not feel as good as when we were just dreaming them, but that’s precisely because they are no longer dreams–they have become reality.

    Kudos to your honesty! I’d also like to invite you to my own blog

    • I think it’s harder to daydream as you get older because there’s just so much stuff to consume every minute of your life. I like writing as it gives me those few minutes each day to not think about anything and just imagine. I think we all need something like that.

  73. Where would we be without our dreams, it is was makes us unique it can inspire us to reach for the stars or drive us to change what we need to change. I lost my brother through suicide and I live a life of dreams big enough for the both of us now. when he left this earth I lost my passion to dream for a very long time. Now I give thanks for every day and my dreams have returned deeper and clearer than ever. Good luck thanks for sharing.

  74. You haven’t replied to any posts Jeff in awhile. Hope you haven’t been spending this time dreaming BUT actually helping the dreams come true.

  75. A wonderful post and awesome read, exceptionally well written. It kept me hooking in to the last word. Dreams sure are an important component of many people’s lives. It is a shame when dreams get squashed or ridiculed by cynical naysayers.

    Let’s make time in our days and night for more dreaming, I say!

    How did you go with the vegan adventure? I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    • I’m loving being vegan! It’s only been a month or so, but I’m already being told I look like I’ve lost weight. Plus I feel so much better. There will be plenty more to come on that front.

  76. I read somewhere that when you stop dreaming you die. I stopped dreaming for a while and I felt like I was only existing. I decided that even though all my dreams may not come through, I had to dream to stay alive. But my dreams have seen changed; now I dream of finding a job and paying my bills on time, once these dreams come though I will concentrate on the big ones like writing a novel and finding complete happiness.
    Great post!
    Keep dreaming.

  77. in my experience, happiness is fleeting, and becomes less as you focus more on the idea of it. the actual tension is in between states of flow and stuckness, equanimity and agitation. happiness is the spice and not the rice. no matter how much you succeed and meditate tomorrows struggles will ever be a momeny away, and someone will have to do the laundry. but it would all be rather pointless without a dream-vision, eh? the dream leads us through, but we still have to put in the paces, and the fleetings intervals of happiness come more the more you stick to it. but flowing through the days activities in equanimity is a fine thing in itself. nice post.

  78. I am overwhelmed with concurrence. Fantastic thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

  79. I’d love to write something inspiring like that, but I am too tired. You’ve written a fantastic post and it hits a chord as I read it, but life is complicated enough without those dreams. Good look being a vegan, I was one for a few years (it’s hard) and a vegetarian for 30 years.

    • It hasn’t been that hard for me so far. There’s vegan versions of just about anything out there (some of it actually much tastier) so I don’t really have to give up anything. But I am eating much healthier.

  80. I love this post. I wrote something similar a few months ago because I got all inspired and I knew I needed a change. Then flash forward to now, and I’ve not only done nothing, I’ve gone running in the other direction. I’m only just now getting my feet back up underneath me. I have only a few NYE resolutions this year but I’m determined to start on January 2nd.

    One of the things that spoke to me about your post is that you have dreams, but you gave up. Not just recently, but many times I’ve done the same thing. I’m now closer to realzing them than ever before but it took a lot of courage on my part, and it will take a lot on yours too. Don’t give up. Its never worth it. Instead, make a plan. Just a small one. One for each day, or each week, or month. Break your dream down into steps and then work toward each step little by little.

    BTW what is your dream? I would dearly love to know.

    • Not starting until the 2nd. What about the first?! 😉

      My dream? First is to get healthy. This year is drop 100+ pounds and start running and writing again. Next year, who knows? I’ll add something (or several things), every year until I’m crossing everything I want to do off my bucket list.

  81. Very powerful. Passion dying and passion left unidentified seem to be sometimes the same.

  82. Congrats on being FP’d. Well-deserved. Best wishes for good adventures on your dream journey. :>

  83. Awesome! Keep dreaming.

  84. Awesome post…….. and yes,i will such a true ur dreams.

  85. I would love to hear just one of your big dreams – write it down, make it public, feel that pressure of having to follow up. I decided to follow my dream recently, and started just by joking about it on Facebook. Now my life is completely different, and I haven’t done much or even left my house for that matter. Your mind is powerful – USE IT to make a change!!

    • Glad you’re following your dream. I’m starting with losing 100 pounds. Down 32 so far. Making my goals public definitely helps keep my on track too. Good advice.

  86. great to hear success stories like these

  87. The more you dream the farther you get- Michael Phelps

  88. Dreams that start with the knowledge that when reached, won’t bring you happiness, but knowledge that the joys and experiences along the journey are what life is about.

    So very true, and what is so easily forgotten, missed.
    I never want to lose my dreams again, even when they break my heart. Keep dreaming, Jeff.

  89. Well said–enjoyed your thoughts!

  90. I also enjoyed your thoughts
    Live your dreams
    ║║╔═╦╦╦═╗*. . *
    ║╚╣║║║║╩╣* Daniel angel from Cape Cornwall

  91. So inspiring and so true. Made me think of Mr. John Lennon “You may say I’m a dreamer/ But I’m not the only one.” Great post! And good for you for taking charge of your life and dreaming again!

  92. Reblogged this on Jami Goes Spainglish and commented:
    Never stop dreaming!

  93. This reminds me of I quote I read a while back ( not directly related to dreams, but it’s still awesome): “You are more than your thoughts, your body, or your feelings. You are a swirling vortex of limitless potential who is here to shake things up and create something new that the universe has never seen” – Dr. Richard Barlett. When ever I feel down, I think of this and I get fired up again by the thought of all the possibilities out there! Well, besides that your post was fascinating and inspiring- I loved it!!

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