Your Dreams Should be Your Adventure

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Take a moment to think back to a time when your life was simple. Do you remember it? The time in your life when the good  guys always won and you could be or do anything you could imagine. I felt that way growing up. Summertime especially brings a flood of memories for me—that was long before the days were filled with TV, video games or play-dates. My older sister, our neighborhood friends and I would spend the days building houses in the woods, putting on talent shows and playing pretend. My family had very little when I was growing up, but we weren’t concerned with that. The world was our oyster. We had everything we needed and more.

I remember one summer in particular – we had missed our local parade downtown and were all disappointed. I’ve been a problem solver my whole life, so I came up with a plan. I convinced my sister and our friends that if we pooled our allowance money together, we could buy all of the items necessary for a
good parade.

We walked to our local grocery store and were successful in purchasing everything we needed.  Next task: make flyers so the other neighborhood kids would know when to line the streets for the festivities. The eight of us in the parade were a motley crew. We had a clown, a majorette, a band and even people to throw candy. It was truly the best parade ever – more than we could have imagined.

It’s interesting how wise we were as children, before we became jaded about the world around us. Yet to fall influence to the limitations set upon us by others, we truly believed in ourselves. As adults, the responsibilities of our lives can weigh so heavily on each of us.

In hindsight most of us can likely look back and see when we transitioned from looking at each day as an adventure, to simply trying to get through each day. We comfort ourselves by saying that we will chase that rainbow one day … maybe it’s when there is more money, maybe it’s when the kids are older or maybe it’s once we retire.

What is your heart’s desire? As the quote beckons, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”  This year has been a year of self evaluation and re-evaluation for my life. my dreams and my priorities. Over the last seven months I have lost my father and two friends who were much too young to leave this world. These tragedies have compelled me to commit to being the best person I can be; to make sure to take time to live in the moment.

I’m holding those who mean the most to me a little closer, and distancing myself from the people and things that bring unnecessary complication to my life. I’m reviving some of my past dreams to see if they have a place in my present. While I have yet to find all of the answers, I am sure that I am on the right path. Are you sure that you are? There is no do-over in this life … and it comes with no guarantees. We are the captain of our own ship and can chart our own course.

There is no time like the present to reach for your dreams and take time for those simple things that make life enjoyable. This doesn’t mean throwing in the towel on our individual responsibilities, it means making a commitment to yourself to live your life in a way that is meaningful to you.

Take a long walk down memory lane, get reacquainted with your dreams, write a bucket list. Then, make an action plan (and of course, actually follow through with it). No matter how busy your life is, you deserve to make time for yourself.  Doing so will make you more well-rounded, more fulfilled and better at every other aspect of your life.

Get out and enjoy the beauty that this season has to offer. Make a point not to put it off until tomorrow. One day your life will flash before your eyes and only you alone can make sure it’s worth watching.


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Shelley Davis Mielock

Shelley Davis Mielock is a certified business image coach and the founder of Mieshel Image Consulting, a Lansing-based firm that specializes in image development for individuals and businesses. She is also a co-host of In Her Shoes, a a weekly women’s talk radio show. To ask Shelley an image question, please e-mail her.