As I sit here listening to Ranger baseball on my MLB At Bat App, I’m thinking about how this trip is quickly approaching…It’s so crazy it seems like yesterday I was staying up all night long giddy about a trip that was just a possibility. It’s almost surreal. After almost 9 months of preparation, I am finally about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Anytime anyone brings it up in conversation I can just feel my face light up and my eyes twinkle with excitement. There is something really special about working so hard for something and actually seeing it come to life. There is something about accomplishing dreams that gives you a confidence you never knew you had, I can feel it coming and I haven’t even left yet! I wanted to share a post I wrote a couple months ago with you that will hopefully encourage you to start taking baby steps and working towards your own dreams.
This post isn’t about a park or a team…or even about baseball.
This post is about you.
When you were 7 years old what did you want to be or do when you grew up? When your dad told you you could be anything you wanted to be….a rockstar, a pilot, an astronaut, an olympic athlete, a world traveler, an elephant tamer or a ship captain, climb Mount Everest, build an igloo in Antartica or surf the coast of New Zealand…
Are you that? Or did you do it?…
Probably because someone down the road as you got older told you to be “realistic,” to “come back to earth” or to “wake up from that dream.” We are beat down by dream killers from the moment we walk into school. Slowly but surely losing sight of the child like faith we had in ourselves and in our dreams. Being molded into an average person by all the people around us living mediocre lives. Not because your dream is not possible, but because your dream rattles their character and shakes their heart. Your goals remind them of their lost dreams and the person they could have been, but were too afraid to be. And when you speak of your dreams with that twinkle in your eyes, it’s like putting a mirror in their face that they’ve chosen to ignore for so long. It automatically puts them on the defense and they want to bring you to their level to avoid discomfort.
I’ve been told I dream big and I have lofty goals. I like it that way. If other people can live awesome lives, why not me? If other people can live their dreams, why not me? I was put on this earth to be the best I can be and not to be mediocre. I realize that It takes courage to step our of your comfort zone and take that leap of faith to start putting your dreams into action. Trust me. It is scary and you will get hurt. But living on purpose is better than living on accident.
I just want you to know you can do it. Find the courage deep within you to stand out and be different. Be the person you were meant to be and don’t look back. You’re never going to accomplish everything you want in life if you continue to believe what everyone else believes. You DO deserve to live your dreams and you CAN do it. You just need to keep the faith. Not always will you know HOW something will happen just have the childlike faith that it will. The universe has a funny way of rewarding the persistant people who just keep going and never give up.
Be daring. Be over the top. Be unrealistic. Be unconventional. Be different. Be bold. Be you. BElieve.
And I can tell you one thing…when you find something that keeps you up late and wakes you up early, don’t give it up. I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had planning this trip and figuring it all out and I STILL don’t know how it is all going to work out…but i just know it will.
It’s easy to be one of the masses, I dare you to BE YOU.