"The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.”
― Les Brown
I came across this quote and thought how many of us have dreams never realized because we were too afraid? Or listened to someone say "no" or decided that what we had to offer was not important to share?
Midlife is that time to shed the fear. If not, then we enter into that place of I would have, I should have, I could have and then it is too late.
Dreams are meant to be realized. Hopes are meant to be realized. The key is we have to take action of believing and doing.
What holds us back? Is it the inner thought process or the comments of those around us who hold us back? My sense is it is the thoughts that come from outside of us.
- feelings of being judged
- feeling vulnerable in front of others
- negative feedback
So how to override these feelings?
- understanding of how significant we truly are
- understanding of how unique we are
- understanding of our unique value
It comes down to taking risks. Taking the risk of being ourselves. Taking the risk of being criticized and moving forward. Taking the risk of being judged and feeling vulnerable. Taking the risk of stepping into our true selves and doing what it is we dream and hope.
Only then when we come to the our graves can it be said we lived our true lives; the books have been written, the songs have been sung, our potential has been realized and our legacy has been created.
Are you ready to live your dreams and hopes?
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