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Daring to Dream

Do you still dream? Not when you are asleep, but properly daydream as you might have done as a child and a teen?

So often we abandon the dreams we had when we were young and swap them instead for what we believe to be a sustainable life. Marriage, perhaps, mortgage, children, the corporate career climb... and we forget to create new dreams, telling ourselves not to be silly, impractical, unrealistic...

Those dreams we had don't quite go away altogether though. Whether we are conscious of them or not, they reside within us, dormant, waiting, just in case they might be needed again.

There's something about hitting midlife that triggers a stirring, a little tremor that can awaken old dreams and desires. Slowly, we often feel an almost imperceptible shift, a yearning for something we can't quite pin down, but that causes us to feel restless, often dissatisfied.

It raises questions, causes us to become reflective, reminds us of our long abandoned dreams. It can be a bloody nuisance, causing us to feel unsettled where once we had felt secure. Who has time for dreaming in the middle of this busy, fast paced life?

Perhaps the question should be, who has time not to?

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davis

Midlife is a time to stop and reflect. To remember old dreams and create new ones. This is  your permission slip, should you need it. Turn off your phone, close your laptop, take a breath and allow your mind to wander. Who knows what wonders you might uncover!

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