Are You Following Your Dreams or Are Your Dreams Following You?

Good evening. I wish all of you a happy Saturday. Today’s post is a continuation of the Support For My Fellow Creatives post I wrote on January 8th. 

When I started thinking about what I wanted to write that day, I asked myself what my dreams were and what I was doing to follow them. Well that led me to the question in today’s post. Am I following my dreams or are my dreams following me?

Though it seems like an easy question to answer, it took me a lot of contemplation to come up with an honest answer. I think this could be the case for many creatives when they consider what there dreams are and what they are doing to achieve them. So, I thought I would share my thoughts on the subject, in hopes that it will help someone else discover their answer.

What is Your Dream?

This is the first question to ask. What is your dream. For me my dream is to write stories that people fall in love with. 

My dream, since I was a little girl, was to spend the day writing poetry, novels, whatever popped into my head on any particular day. And I do this daily. So, that would mean that I was following my dreams, right? Wrong!

Here’s the thing, though I am essentially living my dream by writing my stories every day and working on finishing and publishing my books, my dreams often take the back seat to my everyday life.

You know, that part of you that says “that is a hobby and it can wait until you get your actual work done.” or the one that “others need you to do this, those thoughts will always be there, they can wait.” 

Let me clarify a bit. I have been writing since I was about seven or eight. In that time I wrote down everything that came to mind. I made short stories, wrote poetry daily, and I was happy. Then I grew, had children, went to college (yes in that order), and started my full-time writing career. In essence, I let life lead me to where I am. Which means life was leading my dreams.

The thing is, when I was a little girl, I was following my dreams. Then as I got older and had new responsibilities, I quit following my dreams and followed life. 

 

Putting Your Dreams Back in the Lead

Now that I had answered my question, and realized that I was not truly following my dreams, I had to figure out how to put my dreams back in the lead. Because, isn’t that what we all strive for in life, to follow our dreams and become the people we long to be?

So, how could I follow my dreams? This answer took even longer for me to figure out. I realized that I was living out many of the aspects of my dreams. I was writing daily as a content writer, working on my books and poetry nightly, and working towards my end goal. 

When I thought of it this way, I realized that to follow my dreams I needed to rearrange my priorities. I needed to change the way I looked at my work and make it important enough to follow. This is not to say that I cut everything else out, no. I simply changed the way I thought of my work and where I placed my priorities. 

Now, I make the time I need to write daily for my dreams. I am seeing progress in my personal writing projects while still being able to complete what I need to do, as well. I simply had to make my work as important as everything else that was going on in my life. I had to envision the path my dreams were taking and learn to follow that path, instead of drudging down the path I was on and expecting my dreams to follow in the shadows. 

Before I end tonight, I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to share my writing journey with me. I would also like to invite all of you to share your journey with me and my readers as well. 

I also want to thank all of those who have purchased La Flor Manor. Your support means the world to me. 

Finally, I would like to remind you all to inspire to be inspired. Never stop following your dreams. When you get off track follow the golden string back and your dreams will be right there waiting for you.

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