DISCLAIMER: I'll be honest... I tried writing this blog post last week and didn't get very far. It was one of those moments where I had some thoughts on this particular topic but just could not seem to string them together in any way that made sense. So Here is my second try.
It's been on my mind lately that we really do only get one life. I don't mean that in some cliche Carpe Diem kind of way... nor do I mean it in a morbid "tomorrow could be your last day" type of way either. More just matter of fact. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the future... and about the past. I've been thinking about the people, places, adventures, heartbreaks, goals, dreams, disappointments, etc. that have shaped both who I am today and what I hope for the future. We all have a unique journey that makes up our lives and there really aren't any specific guidelines or "rules" that tell you when you have things right and when you have things wrong. You have to set your own goals and dreams and figure life out as you go. There is a part of me that gets so excited when I think about the possibilities that lie in that thought process... anything is possible! Right?
Yeah, anything is possible... but what does that look like in reality? In a world that disappoints? In a world that isn't always Instagram perfect? How do we get where we are going? I've had my heart broken and disappointed more times than I wish to admit (some of those have been recent too.. whomp, whomp). But you know what, it takes a lot of courage to hope. It takes great strength and bravery to keep hoping, and dreaming, and praying when the road seems too long and the light at the end of the tunnel hasn't shown itself yet. Because what if our dreams let us down? Been. There.
I don't know what your dreams are. I don't know what types of goals you make for yourself. I know what mine are, and I know how dear they are to my heart. But if we all only get one life... how are you going to live it? In fear to hope or dream because we might get let down? Or live in the constant pursuit of the things on this side of heaven that make life beautiful? Thats how I want to live... I want to work hard and keep my eyes open to see the beauty even in the heartbreak. I want to try new things, and give myself the chance to win or lose. To have the courage to dream BIG and see what happens. To get back in the game every time I get knocked down, even if its just until the next play. I know I am rambling on (hence the disclaimer at the beginning of this post) but I am writing this for myself more than anything else. To remind myself that there are better things ahead than those we leave behind, we just have to keep reaching for them. You just might surprise yourself.