In honor of Marathon Monday and all those pushing their limits and realizing dreams on the roads of Boston, I’m revisiting a post from December 13th, 2011. Here’s to dreams that become goals and goals that become reality!
Who doesn’t love a good dream? You know the kind I’m talking about. The kind that feels so real, you swear it could actually happen – where all the pieces fly screaming into place at the perfect moment, the stars align, the tides pull ever so slightly, and it happens. It is different for everyone. Sometimes, it even changes.
The funny thing about dreams is that most of them remain that – a cozy place to go in the middle of the night, an escape during the slower moments of the day. Those dreams are great, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes, a dream comes along that is different. The first time it flits across your mind, you think, “now, THAT would be cool!” and let it go, as you do with most dreams. And then, a few days later, there it is again.
When it comes along again and again, you can’t help but think, “maybe there’s something to this…” A dream usually seems unfathomable. That’s why we call it a dream, after all. So, at first, you keep it to yourself. You don’t admit to anyone, much less yourself, that maybe it could be more than just a midnight escape.
Ever so secretly, you start to learn just what it might take to make this dream happen. Google gets a little exercise, but only when peering eyes aren’t around to see what that search bar reveals. Come on, you know what I’m talking about… Someone gets a little too close for comfort, and you frantically click away, blushing a deep red as if they caught you looking at something unbecoming, feeling them snort and say, “seriously?” Over time, though, the dream doesn’t feel quite as unattainable as it once did. In fact, it feels… possible. Extraordinarily difficult and borderline insane, but possible nonetheless…
Certain dreams are destined to stay dreams. But, there are some that deserve more than that. Those dreams evolve into goals – lofty goals that push and mold you into someone else entirely. One year ago today (December 13th, 2011), I started running, and I had a dream. That dream was to run a marathon. I learned more than I can even express in this first year, mostly that I really don’t know
But, I do know this:
All it takes to turn a dream into reality is a little homework, a solid plan, dedication, and when all else fails, a little faith – in the process, in your plan, and most importantly, in yourself.
So, here’s to a new