I have enjoyed following the prompts of @sheofthewild for a January Instagram writing challenge. For Day 18 the prompt is remembering dreaming. It was fun to remember different dreams in my life, though it took some time to complete the poem.
I remember dreaming of visiting faraway lands
New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Ireland
They all seemed so exotic, so otherworldly
to my mind as a child.
I remember dreaming of snow, envious
as I read books about kids sledding or
making snow angels and I would imagine
what fun it must have been
I remember dreaming about living
in a place where seasons were obvious,
where leaves turn colors and fall
carpeting the ground with reds and yellows
I remember dreaming of leaving
the hot humid air of Florida
being married and having kids
and having that dream come true
I remember when I forgot dreaming
staying busy and often feeling exhausted
while raising kids and homeschooling
visiting other moms as kids played
I remember when dreaming returned
Whether forgotten or new matters not
The important thing is to realize that
Dreams are a part of who we are
Whatever my age I can pursue my dreams
Learning new things and enjoying life
Never forgetting the importance of
Remembering to keep on dreaming
Remembering to Enjoy Life
Most of us have probably have dreams of some kind or another. Some we can easily bring to fruition, but others we may have to give up. Rather than get discouraged when we are disappointed, maybe we can be willing to look for new dreams. We need to remember to find the joy in life.
A few years ago I began writing again and found that I love it, especially poetry. Near the same time I also tried keeping a few dairy goats and taking a karate class. The goats were fun for awhile and we enjoyed the milk, but I realized I was not cut out for that. Learning karate was fun for the most part, but I had some trouble with my back and have had to put it on hold.
Having to give up some things doesn’t mean I’m a failure. It means I stepped out of my comfort zone to try new things. The experiences were good for me and helped me to see that even if I am in my sixties, life isn’t over. I can still have dreams and pursue them.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NIV)
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
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