I love to read. I love to read articles, books, posts on social media, magazines the list is endless! Reading exposes you to the different lifestyles of people across the globe and it almost feels as though you are living their lives as you read their stories. One’s mind is opened to the different possibilities in life and what seems impossible or just a dream to the one who does not read is possible and practical to the one who does read. The reader knows for sure that the ‘dream’ has come true for many people out there and can therefore come true for them as well.
Whilst reading, I have come across beautiful stories from the elderly. They tell colorful stories of their youth and of the different eras of decades gone by. I laugh with amusement at some of these stories and marvel at others. There are however some stories that serve as teachings to us and we take them seriously because they come from first-hand experience. I would like to focus on one topic that I have been reading about in the past few weeks. The encouragement to pursue one’s dreams, interests and passions.
As one grows older, they get wiser and stronger mentally. The paradox of it is that as one gets wiser they get weaker physically. “My dream was to travel but I spent most of my life trying to please everyone around me and being what they wanted me to be and never took time out for myself. Now I am advanced in years and just do not have the physical strength nor financial resources to travel”. “I had a very big interest in music as l sang very well but I was just too afraid to pursue it. The fear crippled me so much as I never thought that anyone would take me seriously”. “I came from an impoverished background and as a result spent most of my life feeling inferior to everyone around me. I told myself that I was born poor and would die poor and suppressed the strong desires within me to study and understand business. When I look back now, I find that I had a stronger mind than those I thought were superior to me; they only had a better upbringing. I deeply regret not having been brave enough to follow my desires”.
Do any of the above statements sound familiar to you? If they do, then this is the time to make a conscious effort to take control of your life and steer it in the direction that you desire, no one else but YOU can do this for YOU. It may be far from easy for most of us, yet we must live our lives in such a way that we will not have any regrets when we reach our twilight years. We will truly and honestly say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful”.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson