Impossible, Improbable, or Inevitable?

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”Christoper Reeve

Meditations in Motion

My husband Bill and I returned from a run this week and ate breakfast. Rather than showering immediately, as we usually do, we headed outside to do some work in our yard.

Many wheelbarrows full of weeds later, I trudged wearily inside and stood under the shower while Bill finished mowing. As I lathered up, my mind began to wonder; I do some of my best thinking in the shower.

15 minutes later, Bill stuck his head in the door. “Aren’t you finished?” His question startled me from deep thoughts. I quickly finished and toweled off so that he could use the shower.

I have always been a dreamer, as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, I used to write illustrated books and put on complex plays for an audience of one (my mom), complete with costumes and sets.

Meditations in Motion

My oldest grandson seems to have taken over that role in our family. He loves to put on magic shows, devise outlandish adventures, and build elaborately engineered masks and costumes. He dreams of having his own YouTube channel.

As I got older, my dreams became more realistic. When I taught high school science, I dreamed of giving my students a taste of real science, to have them complete the process of researching a topic of their choosing, planning and executing a lab to test their hypothesis, drawing conclusions from results, and then devising ways to improve the procedure. I wanted to do the scientific method with them, rather than just learn a sterile definition.

From that dream, our school’s science fair was born. Some years I shepherded 100 Honors Chemistry students through the process, arranged for dozens of local scientists to serve as judges, solicited thousands of dollars worth of donations from community businesses and organizations for awards, and accompanied some students to regional and even international science fairs. I get tired just thinking about it now, looking back.

Meditations in MotionMy dreams nowadays revolve mostly around travel. And running. And traveling to run. Since I retired from teaching, I have the time and opportunity to do both.

Traveling allows me to meet individuals with a completely different cultural background, it opens my eyes to different ways to live, think, and play. It builds empathy and character.

When I tell Bill “I have an idea“, I believe his first response may be to cringe just a  little bit, but he now knows to get ready and pack the bags. We have had some amazing adventures. The big travel dream that is currently in the hazy distance is a visit to the Galapagos Islands. Stay tuned!

Running has benefitted my brain and body in so many ways. Aside from the obvious health benefits, it is a stress reducer. I tend to have excess energy for which I need an outlet. Running gives me a way to “burn off the crazy“. It also is a social stimulant. Many of my good friends have come into my life through running. It builds confidence and makes me a happier person.

The current running dream is to run another marathon with Bill. We used to regularly train for and run marathons together but have not done so in recent years. We both ran the Berlin Marathon in 2017, but we did not run together (Bill was ahead of me). Our plan for the Marine Corps Marathon this fall, however, is to once again run every step of the race side by side.

When I dream, I imagine a better life, a better method of doing things. That vision of a superior way moves me one step ahead, it keeps me going, gives me purpose and hope.

Dreaming gets the synapses firing and forces me to make connections, envision scenarios, and posit goals.

It’s not enough to just think the thoughts; for dreams to have meaning, we must take concrete actions to make our dreams become reality.

Meditations in Motion

Dr. Martin Luther King did not just say the words “I have a dream.” He gave his life to pursuing his dream, turning aspiration into actuality.

Being a dreamer means having the confidence to fail, not once, but many times and not give up. As Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.

If you are a dreamer, you will fall, but you will bounce. Your focus will move your life in the right direction. Dreaming big teaches you to recover when you inevitably come up short. It teaches you not to take failure personally, but to look for lessons and ways to avoid the same pitfalls the next time you try.

Meditations in MotionDreamers will reach for the stars, they have wild, bold, fantastic visions, and adventurous spirits. When you dream, you tend to look at the actions of other dreamers who have come before you. Gaining inspiration from someone who has been down the same path and emerged victoriously is an effective motivator.

Finally, dreamers know that small achievements add up to big success. You don’t achieve dreams all at once; dreamers know they must chip away little by little. Looking at a big dream as one huge goal may seem insurmountable and unassailable. To achieve big dreams, the impossible must be achieved in small chunks.

Are you a dreamer? What are your big dreams?

In the inimitable words of John Lennon, from his beautiful song, “Imagine” (listen to it here),

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one“.

 

I am linking up with Shank You Very Much for Dream Team and  Global Blogging, Mary-andering Creatively for LMM, Esme Salon for Senior Salon, Random-osity for The Good, The Random, The Fun, Purposeful Faith for RaRa, Bethere2day for Wordless Wednesday on a Tuesday, Kooky Runner for Tuesday Topics, Meghan Weyerbacher for Tea and Word, Mary Geisen Tell His Story, Running on Happy, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs  for Coaches’ Corner, One-Liner Wednesday, Hooks and Dragons for A Bit of Everything, and My Random Musings for Anything Goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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86 comments

  1. I enjoyed your writing about being a dreamer. You did impossible things because you dreamed them. I was never a dreamer, but as I moved through life, I rose to the occasion many times. I did things I didn’t think I could do, but there was a need.

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  2. Dreams of travel and running sound great to me! I dream of taking a running holiday where you run every day to see a place. I did this informally in Boston and felt like I got to see a lot more than my friend who doesn’t run

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  3. This is a great post! And it really encourages me to keep pursuing my “impossible” dream right now. There’s so much wisdom here. I love your point that it’s not enough just to have a dream but that we need to take steps toward it, and also the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf quote.

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  4. I love dreamers. People think that dreamers are losers – but nobody’s a loser, really, if they’re following their dream. Good luck for the realisation of your dreams. And I also wanted to say how lucky you are to have a husband who’s happy to be by your side in these adventures (I’ve got a husband like that too, so I know how good it is!). Best wishes. 🙂

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  5. Where would we be without our dreams. Before I retired I wrote down one hundred things I dreamt of doing one day. Some seemed impossible but somehow I worked out a way how those dreams could become a reality. Never stop dreaming.

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  6. I love your musings on dreaming. It can mean so many different things to us at different times in our lives. And my personal dreams for myself have changed over the years. Thanks for giving me something to think about. laurensparks.net

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  7. I wish I was a dreamer, but alas, I tend to live each day at a time since my heart attack. Time changes everything. My last trip was a cruise. That I loved very much. When I tell my husband I have an idea, he leaves to another room. He knows it’ll be work. Your grandson is very handsome. (My youngest g/son is 22.)

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    • It is good to live life in the present moment. We never know how much time we are given. A cruise sounds wonderful! Hubby and I have never been on a cruise before. I think my grandson is handsome too, thank you! 🙂

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  8. Good stuff, Laurie. And timely, as usual: I’ve been absorbing rejections from literary agents as I send out queries for my novel — but for once I’m too stubborn to give up. Dreaming takes guts, right?

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  9. Dreams are a lovely start to new beginnings and great achievements! Your science fairs sound exhausting, true, but so rewarding 🙂 And looking forward to hearing about more of your dreams becoming realities – the Galapagos sound amazing to visit!

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    • I am glad to hear you enjoy reading my rambling thoughts. And if I go to the Galapagos, I’m sure everyone who reads my blog will be bored to tears from all of my stories about the trip! 🙂

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  10. Oh, I am definitely a dreamer, or as I usually say, an idea person. My husband also cringes when I say I have an idea. Some work out & some are definitely duds.

    I am actually gearing up to pursue a big dream, but am not yet ready to share it on the blog. Eventually I will.

    And yes, I got tired reading about your science fairs, too!

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    • Yes, I definitely got the impression from reading your blog that you are a dreamer too, Judy.

      Can’t wait to read about your big dream! You know the running blogging community will support you, whatever it is.

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  11. Beautiful post.

    I am a realist but I have dreams. Most of my goals are very much focused on travel – there is so much out there that I want to see. I think we need to have those dreams to keep us going and living life.

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    • Yes, so much out there I want to see too! I like to think I am a realist, but the actual realist in the family is my hubby. He keeps me grounded, thank heavens! I agree – I think we need dreams to keep us going too.

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  12. Oh yes, I am a dreamer as well. I do my best thinking, though when I run….that’s where a lot of my blog posts come from and memes 😉 Inspiration is everywhere! PS, I would have loved having you for a chemistry teacher; I may have actually enjoyed it LOL

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    • I thought you are a dreamer from reading your posts. I do some thinking while running too, but the shower is the next best place! 🙂 Thanks for the comment about having me as a chemistry teacher. I loved teaching and miss the kids like crazy, but I knew it was time to let it go.

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  13. Being a dreamer is one thing. Taking that dream and turning it into reality is what takes strength, imagination, and fortitude.

    I used to run many marathons with my husband too. We’ve tapered off on that since he started triathlon (and um, yes, we’ve gotten older). I also was usually behind him, but the special ones, like my first in Honolulu and both times we ran Paris) we ran together. Those are the best memories.

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    • Yes, exactly right, Debbie. Turning dreams into reality takes guts and patience. That’s where the hard work comes in. My best memories of marathons are ones where we ran together. Bayshore in Michigan and Marshall University in West Virginia were especially memorable.

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  14. I think the Galapagos Isles sounds like an amazing place to visit that is one I could happily add to my wish list of places to visit.

    #abitofeverything

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  15. You’re a dreamer and I’m a pragmatist – I think I like your way better. I’m busy churning a lot of stuff around in my head atm and it would be nice if it coalesced into something I could tangibly tackle. I need to slow down and breathe and dream a few dreams I think!

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  16. I think I have a split personality when it comes to dreaming: I either plan things out and dream about them so they slowly happen or else I’m spontaneous and don’t give myself a chance to dream at all. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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  17. I absolutely loved this Laurie and feel like I was meant to read it this evening. It has given me a boost when I really needed it. I have been feeling so exasperated all day because I feel like I am constantly struggling to find the time to do what I want to do in order to keep chipping away at that big dream! But even though I have so much else going on in my day along with finding the time to write I am not going to give up! So thank you for the lift #abitofeverything

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    • Thank you, Tracey. I am so glad you found the post useful. As long as your dream gives you pleasure, I would keep pursuing it. It may take you a long time to achieve and you may need to make some modifications along the way, but hang on. You would know if it was time to let go!

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  18. I love that John Lennon song! I am a dreamer myself and have made several dreams come true but there are still to come that I haven’t made come true yet. Still working on those 🙂 #ABitofEverything

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