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A Life Unlived

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You might think from the heading that I’m going to write about a child who didn’t have a chance to live and while that would be a very worthy topic, that is not the case. I’m going to write about not living the lives we dream to live.

What does a life unlived look like to you? To me, it looks like a life where events and feelings get in the way of living the life you always wanted to live. I’m not talking about riches, winning the lottery so you can travel the world, or having some fancy high paying job. I’m talking about life dreams not yet met for one reason or the other. Dreams like traveling to the Promised Land to see where Jesus walked. Or dreams of traveling to every single state in the U.S. Or dreams to participate in the Peace Corp.

I wanted to be an artist when I was young. I also wanted to be a writer. I deeply desired to attend college and earn a journalism degree. Or I wanted to work for a company of some kind doing drawings for them. When I was a senior in high school and really starting to look at my future, my dad and I had a conversation about my dreams. His thoughts were that because I am a woman, my options were limited to secretary, teacher, or nurse, none of which I wanted to be. That single conversation from the man I most looked up to in my life, put a hold on my dreams for many decades.

I guess you could say I didn’t fight very hard for those dreams and you would be right. Instead, I got married young, had three children young, got divorced, got a degree in Marketing, found a job, got remarried, raised five kids and on and on. Life has a way of taking over our dreams as we attempt to work through each day’s needs.

The dreams never left, they were just shadowed by life. The dreams were unlived in my life. How about you? Do you have dreams that you have put aside for life? Don’t despair. I have learned over the years that dreams don’t die when God gives us the dreams. Those dreams are likely still there for you, just buried. As I age, I realize how important it is to take those dreams back out and look at them again. Are they still important to you?  If they are, then now is the time to take steps to follow them.Maybe you don’t have the money to go to the Promised Land, start saving it. Maybe you have children so can’t join the Peace Corp right now. Investigate other similar programs where you can involve your children. Just do it now.

I don’t want to be on my death bed wishing I had…I want to be thankful I did. Even if I don’t write a bestseller, I will still be so thankful I wrote. My blog may be simple, I may not get as much time as I would like to write, but I’m getting some time and I’m enjoying my dream. Drawing, that will come as well as I explore different ways I can once again spend some time learning that craft.

Don’t let life rob you of your dreams. Step out in faith and fight for them. If those dreams are God-given, you will experience joy in the journey of reaching for them. Take one step, then take a second step. Find those dreams, live those dreams, and love those dreams. They are what God gave you for you life. Live them.

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