I feel so very honored and blessed to be able to share my daughter Chaise's blog post with you. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share some of her best writing with you and especially this particular blog post because she just left for Australia in pursuit of fulfilling her lifelong dream of a film career but with the focus on using to reach people with the good news! When she wrote this blog, she was battling with the decision of whether or not she would step out and take that chance of trying out what she only dreamed long ago of doing. Well, NOW she took that leap of faith and jumped on a plane, spent 29 hours flying more than halfway around the globe to chase that desire that God placed inside of her as a little girl! As much as it pained me to watch her walk through the airport security gate, knowing that I won't see her for a minimum of 3 months, perhaps longer, I am so very proud that she jumped that hurtle of doubt and of the unknown and took the plunge! Maybe, just maybe you can relate to what it means to have Dreamer's Syndrome....
Lying in bed at night, my mind does not shut off like it's supposed to. Endless lingering thoughts of what could be, what should be, what I want to be... I suffer of Dreamers Syndrome.
And not dreaming in terms of actual shut-eyed sleep -- No, dreaming in sense of constant evolving dreams, goals and open-eyed visions of fulfillment and happiness.
Not wanting to settle for less, but also scared of dreaming too big, I limit myself, just to find that my heart and mind rebels the next second. I get anxiety over the possibility of failure, yet stress over the thought of things actually working out. The future is scary, the past is forgotten and the present is burdensome. Yet despite all this, Dreamers see the world as an opportunity, see beauty in the small things & find shelter in adventure. Each passion is a mark waiting to happen. Either on history, in someone else's life or merely one's own. But no matter what you're looking for, you have the word "legacy" branded on your soul. Each step you take is hard -- because the possibilities are as endless as the passions you carry within. Because settling means the same thing to you as being stuck. And because no matter how certain you feel one day, the next couple days may prove you wrong once more.
I often find myself in the moments where desire meets logic. I'm often caught in the realm of confusion of "If it's meant to be, it will be," and "If you want it, go get it." Happiness is a matter of choice and hard-work is a matter of urgency. Dreams don't scare you, Reality does. And I know I'm not the only one.
There must be hundreds, thousands of Dreamers out there, just like me. And take it as you like it, but I'm finding out more and more that it's really a blessing often misunderstood as a curse. To us Dreamers, the entire world is made available. Purpose runs in our blood and we'd take hard-work over complacency any day. There's nothing we can't do, as long as we have the ardor and guts to take the first step in one of the many right directions laid out in front of us. Just add a little confidence, a little courage and a little of heavenly guidance to the equation and you'll be closer to that legacy than you ever *dreamt* of being. (*See what I did there?)
JOSHUA 1:9 --
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (NIV)
Written by Chaise
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