I’ve been thinking about some of the things we’ve learned from living our dreams…
Living Your Dream Isn’t a Bowl of Cherries: Yes, I admit it. I used to daydream about bicycling with our kids and, in my dreams, the kids were always happily pedaling while gazing at the stupendous scenery surrounding them. We were a perfectly happy family unit exploring our world.
The truth, however, isn’t quite so pleasant. For the most part it is wonderful and I can’t imagine not doing we’re doing. But there are also tough time – very tough times. There are times when the boys get on my nerves and John is driving me crazy. There are times when I want to crawl into a hole (or anywhere not in any way, shape, or form related to a bicycle tour) and not come out for ages. There are times when we’re passing through overwhelmingly boring scenery or dealing with less-than-ideal weather conditions.
Does all that make it not worth it? Not at all. I think that’s the way life is – there are times when life isn’t a bowl of cherries. But it’s still worth living.
(Most) People Are Not Monsters: Whenever I listen to the nightly news or read the morning paper, I start to think the whole world is populated by monsters. There are people who abuse children and animals, people who rape and murder and steal, cheaters and liars and scammers.
But we’ve been privileged enough to see the real side of humanity. We’ve seen the other side of people – the good, kind, giving side. People have reached out to us in so many ways, we have no doubts that people are not the monsters one would think they are. I’m very glad my kids have seen that side of strangers.
Just Do It: Whatever it is, just do it. It won’t fall in your lap. I think a lot of us kind of sit around dreaming about whatever it is we dream about, and we think the Big Man in the Sky will drop it in our laps.
The reality is that He won’t. You will never have enough money and time will never be your friend. You just have to make the decision to live your dream and do it. Don’t expect it to fall from the sky.