"Every night I lie in bed, the brightest colours in my head. A million dreams are keeping me awake . . ."
Have you ever experienced something that hit you in your soul strings so hard, you think you'll never feel more inspired than you are in that moment? Yeah? Me too.
It's easy for your dreams to feel inspired in the moment, but it's when the trouble hits that your inspiration really gets put to the test.
Mine have been put to the test on many occasions and, more often than not, it's me that gives in to the pressure and my dreams that end up losing.
I find it very easy to go somewhere and leave feeling like my dreams are re-inspired, like I'm ready to take on the on the world and make it a better place for everyone (I've copyrighted that dream, just so you know). But, in a year, a month, sometimes a week I've either given up or full on forgotten.
I'd be so confused as to why nothing was happening, go watch a movie (or sit in the odd conference), feel inspired all over again and repeat the cycle like it was the first time.
It was only recently that I figured out why I was stuck in this never-ending story. For some reason I thought that an inspired dream equalled an easy dream.
The more inspired my dreams felt, the easier I believed they would be. So, when the obstacles came, instead of fighting through them, I figured "if it's difficult, then it's not meant to be".
One of the more popular subjects to talk about in Christianity is your "calling" (I think a lot of people would refer to it as destiny). Basically (most) Christians believe that God calls us to do specific things in our lives, or we've got things that we're really passionate about that we believe God has put on our hearts (for most, it's more than one thing).
I always used to think that if God had called me to do something, then all the doors would be opened wide and I would glide through like an elegant swan (that's a metaphor), and that just isn't realistic (mostly because I've never been described as an elegant swan).
Now look, I'm not saying that when you feel you're called or destined for something that it can't be easy, because sometimes it's really easy. Sometimes everything goes according to plan, all your ducks are in a barrel and it's smooth driving from here on out (those were bad metaphors), and if that's your experience then that's amazing. But, it's important to remember that's not always how things work. There will be obstacles, and it's up to you to decide to fight through or give up. You need to decide what you're willing to sacrifice for it (if it's worth the sacrifice in the first place), and if it's worth the fight.
If it is then buckle up, you're in for a bumpy ride. But don't worry, you're not the first and you won't be the last.
Welcome to the struggle for the dream.
" . . . I think of all the world could be, a vision of the one I see. A million dreams is all it's gonna take. A millions dreams for the worlds we're gonna make . . ."
- The Greatest Showman
P.S. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, so please comment below and let me know what you think.