“It doesn’t matter if your dreams make sense to other people; they are YOUR dreams!” –Rachel Hollis
Y’all, I have such big dreams and have since I was really young. I imagined, all the time, what my life would look like if I got to have everything I wanted – to go to college, get a job I loved that would support me financially, a home I could own, a wonderful husband & lots of kids, a chimpanzee.
I’ve thankfully moved on from the chimpanzee desire.
My momma always told my sisters and I that we could do and be anything we wanted. Only within the past two years have I recognized a voice, coming from within my own mind, telling me that I CAN’T & WON’T.
Do you know how sad and unfair that is? To believe in something so much, to dream big dreams and have big goals, only to hear a voice within yourSELF telling you that it won’t happen & it’s not realistic? Like… WHAT?!
We have two competing beings in our heads. We have one who is a child, who believes in magic, who is optimistic and encouraging and just overflowing with love. This one is kind, to other people & to ourselves, and believes that there are no limits in life. She sees endless possibilities and growth beyond what we can comprehend.
Then there’s the other voice. The one that reminds us of our mistakes. The one that sees the darkness & pain in the world and uses it to define our hopes & dreams. This one recognizes all of the shortcomings, the flaws, and the awkward in our lives. This one is a pessimist, an exhausting force, a constant reminder of statistics and what our past means for our future. She is mean, she is dark, & she is hopeless.
Our lives change DRASTICALLY when we choose to listen to the light, the endless believer, the dreamer that lies within us. She may be silenced for you, talked over in your mind, by the nagging voice that clouds your skies and makes you feel small. BUT, light can drown out darkness.
You can choose to listen for the happy whispers. You can choose to break the strongholds that entangle your mind and place limits on your potential. You can learn to silence the fears that turn into monsters & take control of your thoughts. Choose the joy. The hope. To believe in YOU!
Once you do, your work ethic will multiply. You will lose hope and feel discouraged far less often. Other’s criticism won’t derail you or make you question yourself. You’ll believe in yourself and love yourself so damn much that your dreams will become reality. I promise you that it will change your life!