follow your heart.
pursue your dream.
find your passion.
We've all heard every possible cliche on the topic of going after the thing we love most. The dream of being a writer, artist, business owner, public speaker (or whatever)...the thing that makes us happy is just within our reach...
That's what they say, right?
For years, I professed that this was an easy thing. Easy to tackle, this dream-following business. Fear and worry are absent, of course, because you're going after a dream. And the dream trumps all.
The dream is the most important thing in the whole wide world.
But then life started happening to me. (I really do feel like that sometimes...it's not something I lived, it's something that happened to me...) And I got shaken a little bit. It's like God threw us in a Yahtzee cup, covered the lid with his hand and tossed us around for a little while...
When he spilt us out over the game board, something was different. My perspective had changed.
Suddenly I understood I'd inserted myself into an idea of what it looked like to follow a dream. But the truth is...dream-following isn't easy. Especially in the mix of real life and responsibilities and parenting and being a good wife and forgetting important dates even though they've been on the calendar for months.
Suddenly I understood how fear and worry can get in the way. Suddenly "What if...?" became powerful for a completely different reason. I believe those words are empowering, but when a fearful statement follows them...
What if I fail...?
What if no one likes my books...?
What if I get a bad review...?
What if I never get to do it again...?
Then those words become your enemy. And when you're talking about the battlefield of the mind, I'm telling you, that is one powerful enemy.
So today I'm revisiting letting my heart be my guide. I'm diving into what that looks like. I'm uncovering what fears are standing in my way. I'm putting them in their place.
Is it easy to follow your dreams? Not a chance...
But is it worth it?
I'll let you know...but my heart is whispering... "yes. it is."