Daring to Dream
The first sparks of my dream came as I was sitting on the deck of my beach home, drinking a glass of cabernet while watching a bird glide inches above a wave gently rolling onto the bleached white sand of the summer shore. Soaking up the late afternoon sun while marveling at the aquamarine water of the Florida coast, I began to wonder about that bird. Why, with all of its freedom, would that beautiful bird choose to be at this beach at this very moment? I quickly realized I was asking the wrong question. The real question was “Why weren’t there more birds here”? Why wasn’t the beach filled with birds? More importantly, why were some birds willing to settle for living in dirty city alleys or on non-descript rooftops, when they could soar in the gentle breeze of a tropical beach? What made some birds choose squalor and other birds choose paradise?
Instinctively, I realized I already knew the answer. Only a few short years before that day on the beach, I was living an ordinary plain wrap life. I was living paycheck to paycheck, just getting by, my job was okay. I wasn’t miserable, but I wasn’t happy either. I was just passing time and without much to show for it. I was 51years old and living in a small two bedroom apartment. Truth was, I wasn’t looking for anything more than what I already had. I suppose I had unconsciously made the choice to live on the “non-descript rooftop,” never dreaming of reaching for the “paradise” of a brighter world or a grander life. I can hardly call it a choice. To me it just was and I accepted it. Like those birds scratching out a meager existence from dumpster scraps, I didn’t know any other way of life existed. And even if I had an inclination that there was more to life, I didn’t for one second believe I could ever find it. I didn’t believe I could change my destiny. But guess what? I did change my destiny. I switched gears and gave my life a total overhaul, and it wasn’t hard to do.
As I breathed in the crisp sea air on that perfect afternoon at the beach I had to smile at my life. I had my dream home and I traveled often. I was making more money than I ever thought possible. Best of all, I had control of my schedule and my life and I used that control to spend my days doing what I loved most… enjoying time with my children and grandchildren. I was living a life I loved, and I’m still living it today. In just a few short years I had completely turned my life around. I literally changed my destiny. And I did it by making a simple choice.
I woke up one day and decided to break the chains of mediocrity, the business as usual cycle of living paycheck to paycheck, renting an apartment and scheduling my life at the mercy of a job I couldn’t afford to give up. I made the conscious choice to not just change my destiny…. but to create a new destiny. And today, I’m a living example of what we can do when we Dare to Dream.
I made another choice on the balcony that day. I vowed to spend the rest of my life teaching others how to change their destinies as well. I wanted to help others feel as good about their lives as I did about mine. And the truth is, you don’t really get something until you give it away and share it with others.
I should also mention here that while I said I changed my destiny, in truth I don’t think destinies even exist— certainly not in the way we think, not as something thrust upon us unwillingly. Rather, our only destinies are the lives we imagine then willingly create for ourselves. I created my destiny, the life of my dreams…. And now I can help you create your own destiny—the life of your dreams. I assure you, if I can do it, you can too.
Live Your Passion,
Lynn Allen – Johnson