Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Living BIG




You know how there is always that one thing you want, that one effervescent item you reach for but is always just beyond you? Try as you might you know it will take you a lifetime to achieve it yet still you try? You have to try. There is something in your makeup that makes you go for the taking. Even though it feels like you are chasing nothing more than a rainbow? Not for the pot of gold, mind you, (okay, sometimes for the gold) but to see what is on the other side.

I am a dreamer. I dream big. I try to LIVE big. And often I set my expectations too high for myself and for others. It’s a flaw but it’s also a motivator. I see things as they are and how they could be. And even though I know I couldn’t be happier standing over there as I am standing here, I still have to move forward. And keep moving forward, the glory in the journey as well as in the accomplishment.

That’s how I think many people are, especially those who feel that overwhelming desire to create something (ahem… writers). So this post is to the dreamers—to those who want to live big, to enjoy the journey, and if they fail, they want to fail spectacularly. Because hey, then you’ll know at least you tried your very best.

(And if you do succeed? Succeed with grace and humility. Because as we all know, nobody chases rainbows alone. They have connections: the book-lovers, the story-dreamers, and us all.)

“Mistakes are the price we pay for a full life.” - Sophia Loren

23 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post!!
    I think we all want to leave a mark in some way or another;) I love the way you put things!

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  2. Beautiful post! I love that song, by the way.

    Very true about chasing dreams. Expectations are hard, because reality doesn't always measure up. But the good thing is that we can always pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and start all over again. :)

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  3. I echo Kristi and Danyelle: beautiful post.

    All we can do is keep trying and learning. In virtually any competitive field, it's persistence that is the most important ingredient for perseverance. Let's keep supporting one another.

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  4. I love chasing rainbows. I often feel the glow and experience the wonder even if I don't have pots of gold. Fabulous post.

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  5. Jackee, quit posting and get back on that book. You've got a dozen stories to tell and they'll be even better than the last. Hey--even crushed dreams make great stories! I'm starting a bellydance class tonight (insert laugh here). However it turns out, it will be worth it, and might even fit into a story somewhere along the line. My advice: Keep living life large!

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  6. This really is a beautiful post, and I enjoyed the video about massive stars. I started blogging because connecting with other people who want to write encourages me. Reading about your/their dreams and experiences helps put our own in perspective.

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  7. Man, I needed this today!!

    Permission to fail spectacularly.

    YES!

    Shelley

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  8. Ditto Shelley. I needed this today, too. Thanks for the reminder that creativity is its own reward.

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  9. I really did like what you said about failing spectacularly and that at least we'll know we tried our very best. Really, what more can we do? Thanks for the encouraging words!

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  10. Kristi: Leave a mark and make a difference! Yes, definitely.

    Danyelle: I love that song too! It IS a good thing. And that's how I for one learn, grow and get better. Thanks for stopping by.

    Theresa: Agreed! We'll help each other. Tenacity is a must in any field or exertion.

    Tricia: It's very hard to stop once you experience that, isn't it?

    Rebekah: LOL! THIS is why you are my crit partner--you tell it how it is and get my butt in gear. I AM writing. But not as much as I want to be (or need to be).

    Mryna: I agree about the blogging. And what I loved most about that video was that they're finding the bigger stars (and the big explosion from them) might not create black holes at all but rather create physical matter. Hmm... there's a parallel there, I know it!

    Shelley: Permission from yourself is enough to get rid of fears, isn't it? Permission granted!

    Melissa: If you're like me you couldn't quit if you wanted to anyway so you might as well enjoy the ride. LOL!

    Susan: You are right. Persistance at trying is all we can do. And pick ourselves back up when we fall.

    Holly: Rainbow Chasers Unite!

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  11. Oh, yes, it's all about the roller coaster ride. And sometimes you fail, but you get in line again. And again.

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  12. Holy Cow! I posted about dreaming big today. Great minds think alike, right?

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  13. Elana: Does that mean there's the potential to fall OUT of the roller coaster? Because I don't think I'm ready for that kind of injury!

    Susan: Okay, I just came from there--I think we might be kindred souls!

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  14. What an amazing, fulfilling way to live life ... to have a purpose, a dream we move closer to with each passing day. Great thoughts here!

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  15. I love Kermit!!

    Dreams are important - and the chasing of them is just as important :) Nice post!

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  16. Joanne: Thanks! Too bad I have so many dreams--it makes for busy days. Ha, ha.

    Jemi: Thanks for stopping by! I am a fellow Kermit lover. (Look out Miss Piggy!) The chasing is as important as the achieving in my book.

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  17. This was lovely. Being a dreamer is one of the best things in life! What are we here for but to strive to reach our full potential? I used to be terrified of failure but now I see that it's just another bump in the road to get to where I want to be. I needed this today, thank you!

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  18. This is beautiful. And a wonderful thing to live by. I'm a dreamer too and I think it's one of the best things you can be.

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  19. Julie: Agreed! Good point! Failures should be seen as set backs and true dreamers should never set their dreams aside because of their fear of failure.

    L.T.: Welcome fellow dreamer! It IS one of the best things you can be (to me) because the dreams bring happiness by themselves, much less in the achieving of them.

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  20. Lovely sentiments. I've not thought about Kermie in a long time!

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  21. I love this post. The world needs more inspiration. I know I do anyways! Consider yourself officially followed! You had me at "Rainbow Connection".

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  22. Suzette: What you have kids and don't think about Kermit? Your kids must be older than mine. Thanks for stopping on by (and agreeing with me)!

    NQA: LOL! Love that you said you had me at rainbow connection. The world definitely needs more inspiration AND more dreamers. Thanks for stopping by and for the follow.

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