Thursday, March 22
living the dream
I was sitting on my porch earlier this week, and I had this thought: this is the dream. I am smack dab in the middle of living the life I've always dreamed of.
We have a ramshackle but lovely home in the country, with a large garden and heritage live oak trees, and while there are no chickens as of yet, there is the possibility of chickens. (And a halfway built chicken cottage.) I am married to the best friend I have ever had, the love of my life, a man whom I admire and respect, who supports me and makes me laugh. We have a wonderful little boy, and enough resources for me to stay home with him. I have work that I love--teaching yoga and writing--feel inspired and energized by, and want to do more of. I have habits and hobbies that keep me healthy and happy. The dream--living it.
But when the dream is conceived, one never pictures what it can sometimes feel like: the hot, sticky anger, the boredom, the despair of wakeful nights and endless afternoons, the petty and piercing disappointments, the doubt and the confusion. (I love this speech on reality vs. fantasy from one of my favorite movies.) How we perceive our lives is truly a matter of perspective. Looking at our lives is like holding a hologram: in this light, it's perfect, it's the dream come true. In this light, it's an awful, bitter nightmare. And all it takes to change our view from one image to the next is the slightest angle, the faintest flick of the wrist. It takes no longer than an instant, and it is a choice we can make everyday--sometimes several times a day, as needed. The point is, living the dream can be as easy as picturing yourself in that dream, and boom: the dream is your reality.
What about you? In what ways are you living your dream? How are you choosing to view your reality in less-than-dreamy moments? Do share in the comments below, or link to your response on your own website.