Do you remember when you were a kid and had so many hopes and dreams. Remember what it felt like to think about ‘what you wanted to be when you grow up’ and ‘all the places you want to see’. More importantly, remember that feeling of ‘anything is possible’ that would wash over you when you thought about those hopes and dreams?
Driving to work the other day, listening to Pandora, I had a flashback to that time. In my very eclectic music channel, between Evanescence and The Beatles, a Harry Chapin song came on. It was a song that I don’t even know if I’ve ever heard, but I know Harry enough to know when it’s him singing.
Immediately, I was sent back to when I used to listen to Harry Chapin in my parents car when we would go places. I would be sitting in the back seat, staring out the window and would always start to daydream about all sorts of stuff. It would always put me in a good mood. Driving to work that day, listening to Harry Chapin, made me realize that I usually turn to his music if I need a pick-me-up. It always reminds me of that ‘feeling’ that I would have when dreaming.
A lot of us, as adults, lose sight of dreams and goals. We get jaded by life, knowing that NOT everything is possible. Therefore, we stop dreaming and hoping and wishing. Worse, we stop feeling that ‘feeling’. Furthermore, we don’t necessarily realize we’ve stopped doing that or stopped looking for hope until we get reminded, like I did on my drive into work.
The realization that I came to, is if I can start finding that feeling again on my own, I can regain the motivation that at times may have seemed to be lost. We all have those moments in life, in memories, of when we thought the sky was the limit, we just need to find that again.
The seasons are changing, the sun is shining more, what better time to improve our outlook on life. Go out and find your ‘feeling’ and make today (and tomorrow) better!