The reality of growing up and forgetting the dreams.

I am sharing a great message on taking steps for your dreams. Laurie Gerber’s article, 5 Rules for Life-Altering Dreaming from the website Positively Positive, complements my blog posts on taking risk, pursuing our dreams, and fulfilling our goals. Laurie’s quote about growing up and letting dreams die speaks truth; somewhere in between “growing up” and experiencing reality, we let our dreams die and become realistic.

Fact is, in our culture, as you “grow up,” you are almost supposed to let your dreams die. You are supposed to get “realistic.” –Laurie Gerber

We let dreams–of being educators, foreign aid service men and women, professional musician, artist, writers, homemakers, entrepreneurs, etc.–die because we have to be realistic due to circumstances and go after tangible quick fixes that offer no challenge to our growth and future. Minimizing the struggle to obtain our goals–by lowering our goals and letting our dreams go–does not make things easy or realistic; it stunts our growth from challenges going after the dreams we dream for ourselves.


We are in a new wave of inspiration and encouragement to dream our dreams, set our goals and encourage one another to ACHIEVE. Laurie continues her message about the new culture ushered in by the blog community:

Luckily, here in this blog community, we are ushering in a new culture, in which dreaming for your life not only feels good but uplifts humanity by improving the consciousness in which we all swim. –Laurie Gerber

Her tips on dreams:

1. Write It Down
The act of writing down your dreams is the first step to making them happen. Writing is a powerful way to think, plan, and cause change in your life…. Writing helps you consciously craft…. If you take your time, the writing itself will be a heart exercise and a spiritual journey that your soul has been dying to take.

2. Take out the Negatives 
Writing dreams is a purely creative endeavor, so you must suspend disbelief for a little while so you can design a future based on your ideals, not “what you expect.”

3. Take Out the Hidden Jabs and Sarcasm 
Your real, true, heartfelt dream has no room for jabs at others or yourself.

4. Make It Real 
Your dream has to be believable, real, and uniquely you.

5. Write It in the “Now” 
Write your dream in present tense language…this exercise is about getting you to focus on being the person who could fulfill this dream. Writing it in the present tense will have you feel it right now, making it easier to draw it to you.

The steps we take to fulfilling our dreams can inspire and encourage others to do the same. The work we do filters out to others, positively impacting their lives, and strengthening our relationships.

One way to ensure that we live our lives with passion is to find our dharma, our life’s true purpose, through which we can serve our community and ourselves in deeply meaningful ways. Engaging in life in this way helps keep our minds active and sharp and strengthens our relationships with everyone we meet. –Deepak Chopra, Day 18 of Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge

We should pursue our passions, our dreams, our goals and get CLOSER to achieving it all.

Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)


About Life and Shifting Seasons

Lover of God, jazz music, movies, books and nature. Southern girl. Smiling face. Spelman grad. Delta Diva. Almond butter/Nutella addict. RunningNerd. Aspiring author. Blogger. Focusing on living an Ephesians 5:16 life… Making the most of EVERY opportunity!
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