I remember how excited I would get when I was much younger and the dandelions turned to seed in the front yard. I would go out there for what seemed like hours (we had a HUGE front yard) just picking them and blowing the seeds into the gentle breeze.
Each one a wish.
Each one a possibility.
Each one drifting off into the unknown – the future….
I don’t remember the things that I would wish for, but I’m sure they were the standard “little girl” dreams. I’m sure the list included marrying my Prince Charming, seeing amazing places, having the friends that I had then be the friends I would have forever, the list goes on and on.
As I grew older, the dandelions didn’t hold quite the same mesmerizing power that they once had. I stopped spending that time outside wishing for things. Eventually, I grew up and moved out on my own. I had a career, lived in a place I enjoyed, made new friends (even though some of those same old friends really were the forever friends – my heart still had more room), and I made a life.
Soon, I just stopped dreaming.
I didn’t know that was what had happened. These things happen so slowly that often we can’t see them as they are happening. Days turn into months and months turn into years as life becomes “normal.” Ahhhhhhh….the dreaded normal!
This is where a new friend enters the story. It wasn’t long after we first met. She asked me boldly one day at lunch to tell me what I dream for. The question fell on me like an anvil and I believe I said something about not really dreaming for anything anymore, but I knew that wasn’t a good answer. I drove away from lunch that day and I cried. I cried out to God that I didn’t want to be a person who doesn’t dream. I asked Him to show me how to dream again and what to dream for. I had NO IDEA what I prayed for that day would lead to the journey that I am now on. And what an amazing journey it is!!!
“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
Anais Nin, French Cuban author
In the past few months that I have been getting ready to move to the other side of the world to begin a NEW ADVENTURE, I have begun to dream again. I have no idea what life will really be like in Shanghai, but it certainly looks exciting. Another friend told me early on in the process to start looking and dreaming about the things I would like to see and do. I haven’t written them down yet – that’s still on the “to do” list, but when I find new things that I didn’t know about its EXCITING! The possibilities really are ENDLESS!
I am thankful that God has placed this dream in my heart to go to new places; to see and experience new things.
That gentle breeze is blowing.
There are quite a few new possibilities floating all around like those tiny white seeds.
I’m starting to feel like that little girl in the front yard again…