What is your biggest dream? The one that haunts your daily life, whispering with it’s beckoning voice, “What if you could?”
Take just a minute and think about it. I’ll wait.
To live that dream would be an awfully big adventure, right?
We all love adventure stories, don’t we? I always tend to have a big, stupid smile on my face whenever a protagonist first starts his or her journey. I imagine that character is filled with hope and expectation of the great adventures that lay ahead of them.
Take The Hobbit for example. Bilbo thinks he’s living happily enough and doesn’t want any adventures, thank you very much. Then he gets a taste of it. The unexpected and unknown show up at his door, and at first he cannot wait for this messy business to be over. Until it is. When all of the loud, disrupting talk of far off lands, and danger, and treasure is gone, his house is quiet and empty again.
But now the silence is deafening because Bilbo realizes all that his life could be, and all that it currently is not. So he sets off eagerly into the unknown.
Everytime a character takes this step I inwardly cheer for them! “Hurrah! You will no longer live a boring life, but instead you will live out your passion and purpose! How wonderful!”
Today I have a different response. Today I want to sadly shake my head at that character and say, “You poor, naive sap. You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.”
Oh, sorry. That does seem a bit brutal, doesn’t it? Well, you see, I’ve been thinking of myself as that character lately. I went off on an adventure for the past year and I got a taste for it. When I returned, life as I knew it seemed too quiet and empty for me. So I decided, “I’m going to follow my dream, my passion! I’m going to write epic, life-changing stories and make awesome movies like I always wanted!”
I thought, “Yeah, this is a little scary, but I’m going to do it!” Like Bilbo, I went runing out the door. Now I’m at the part of the story where I’m soaked through from rain, tired of riding all day, and I just want to be home by the fire.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up. I’m not even in the middle of some ugly battle with a troll or orc or anything like it. I imagine it would be easier if the battle was so clearly defined. Truth is, I’m just uncomfortable and overwhelmed. And feeling a bit lost.
There is so much to learn starting this new career, and some days I hardly know where to begin. I find I am writing very little, reading everything I can, and at the end of the day I feel no closer to my goals than at the start.
It’s on these days, when I having difficulty seeing the forest through the trees, that I am especially thankful for the adventure stories. They remind me that for the soul who is willing to courageously move forward, greater things lie ahead.
Despite my occasional discouragement, I press on with the hope that I will someday succeed in impacting others with my words. That, like Bilbo, I can encourage the next generation to take up the adventure, surpass me, and truly change the world.
How about you? Are you pursuing your dreams? Are you taking the path that leads to awesome, as Kid President would say? If not, maybe get a pep talk. Watch the best one ever on the link below. If you are on that journey, you are my hero!