kind of funny how we tend to believe in the idea that once
we reach a certain age, things should be
"set." We should be in the same home that
we plan on dying in, we should be in the job that we're
going to retire from, and for the sake of
"stability," we should be happy with these
things and not rock the boat any more. But is this
dynamic really caused by a desire for stability, or by a
fear of the unknown if we dare to do something different
and possibly "lose" our home and the stability
we so cherish?
there really are "untapped possibilities within
us," shouldn't we want to bring them out?
Wouldn't our lives be much richer and fuller if we were
living up to our potential instead of continuing to live a
life that we set up years ago when we were younger and not
really thinking about our potential and our dreams?
Most of us put our dreams on hold because we end up caring
for a family and providing for its stability, which is a
very worthy and noble goal in itself. But what
happens when all the children have moved out and the only
ones left at home to care for are ourselves?
my wife and I reached this point, we sold our house and
bought a motor home, and we're working at national parks
for a few years so that we can experience more of the
natural world and the beauty of the places and the
wildlife. This type of venture isn't for everyone,
of course, but if you're in a position in which you have
the chance to reach out and try to make your dreams come
alive, then why not take the chance?
will we ever know what we can do with our dreams--what
kind of people we can become as we work at making them
realities and giving birth to new beauty? Life often
gives us chances to take risks and make our dreams come
alive, but if we've learned to avoid risks, there's much
beauty that never will make its way into the world.
And that's a shame.