"The absolute, most sure-fire way of physically moving in the direction of your dreams on a day-to-day basis, without messing with the "cursed hows," is living them, now, to any degree that you can."
This quote showed up in my Facebook timeline the other day, posted by a friend of mine. It articulates perfectly some of the things I've been thinking about and feeling lately. I tend to be the type of person that thinks like this: "If I can't have it all, and if it's not perfect, and if I can't have it RIGHT THIS INSTANT, I don't want it."
It's a character flaw of mine I suppose - not being patient and working diligently towards a goal. Of course, that's not entirely true. I play the piano (though I'm out of practice), I play the flute, I graduated from high school and college. I taught myself graphic design and started a business and had (and stopped, and started and stopped hehe) and had two kids who I'm proud to say are still alive. All those things take diligence and patience and hours and HOURS of work. But lately I've been feeling like time is passing by faster and faster and faster and getting from 0 to 100 takes too long. I have dreams. Keola and I have dreams. We have things we want to do. We can see the life we want for our family, but it seems so far off and almost unattainable that it's almost easier to just hold on to what we've got - except we know we can be greater than what we are.
The solution to our dilemma is found in that quote, and lately, we've been doing just that - little things that are moving us toward the life we want to be living. We're both former athletes. We want to be more active as a family - so we started exercising together. Noweo and I like to run together, and I can totally see that becoming our thing. We went on a hike last week to a cinder cone (where lava used to shoot out but it's dormant and now it houses an ancient forest) so we can get some exercise, re-connect with nature, practice photography and explore a cool new place that our kids have never seen before.
Keola wants to publish a novel, so he's been working on it a little every day. I of course am working on new designs and expanding my product line and looking into new methods of production. I'm also looking into ways to gain more skills and education in the world of graphic arts.
One day, we'd like to be working for ourselves and having our kids working and learning along-side us. We've always been a family that loves being together and we've hate that Keola has to leave us for 8 hours a day and go to work. We haven't realized that goal yet, and all the work we have to do to get there seems daunting, but when I think about what we're currently doing, we are actually living much of our dream right now. It's not everything, but it's what we can do today to move us in the right direction, and it's already making a difference.
What do you want for your life that seems too far away to ever happen? What can you do TODAY to make that dream happen?