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Hold on Tight to Your Dream

The great thing about a dream is the amount of passion it can generate and the things you can accomplish with that passion. It’s a feeling like falling in love, but this time with your life, which is a pretty awesome kind of love.

I remember that falling in love with my husband was better than any relationship kind of love I’d known before, and then loving my babies was absolutely earth-shaking in its depth and strength – greater than any other love before or since. But this infatuation, the excitement I feel for the possibilities awaiting me here, on this long weekend, this is really pure and personal.

I’m struggling to squeeze everything in, keep the house somewhere within health and safety codes, cooking a week’s worth of meals on the weekends, outlining blog and business ideas in between bites during my 30-minute lunch break, trying to stay awake long enough to choose photos and wrestle with WordPress in the evenings.

When I feel like I can’t go on, I try to remember other feats that have required pure stubborn determination: finally finishing my degree post-50, the sprint distance triathlons that had me in some seriously good shape but that required multiple hours of training a day, or the half-marathon I completed to commemorate my 50th birthday.

The great thing about a dream is the amount of passion it can generate and the things you can accomplish with that passion – like a half marathon for your 50th birthday!

As my dear sister pointed out, “Wouldn’t you rather celebrate with a spa day?” Probably would have made more sense on the one hand, but then again, the high you get from achieving a goal that is just slightly beyond what you thought you could do is at least as blissful as the cloud nine effect of really good facial.

So here’s to pushing ourselves, not out of obligation, not from necessity, but purely for our own goals in our own lives. Whether it’s the dream of a second degree (or a first), travel, feats of physical endurance that reassure us of our own still-present vitality, writing a blog, starting a business, or dreams as yet undiscovered. It’s that wonderful question: Where to next?

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