How do you figure out what your dream is? Your big dream? Your calling? That thing you are born to do.
I believe in that you don’t have to chase it. It will come to you. Now that doesn’t mean it will just come to you if you spend your life laying on the couch watching TV and eating Doritos. What it means is that you will come across it by trying many different things in life, by staying curious and always be learning.
When you come across that dream or calling it won’t leave you alone. It nags you and it’s like a boomerang. No matter how far you throw it, it will come back. And it can hit you years or even decades after you threw it away. Then once it comes back the more you throw it away the harder it will hit you each time. Eventually it hits you hard enough you start paying attention.
I’ve always been creative. Not the Suzy homemaker creative but creative in terms of writing, drawing, singing, and taking photos.
I used to sit up half the nights to write poems, lyrics and short stories. I dreamed of writing a book one day. I would sit up half the nights to draw. Mostly portraits. I almost went to art school. I dabbled in graphic design, I worked at a magazine, volunteered my time putting together pamphlets, brochures, flyers and posters for various associations, I wrote articles for outdoor magazines. I always thought I was going to be a freelance writer.
Then one day I stopped drawing. Literally overnight. Not sure why. But I kept writing. Then I stopped writing for a while. I got busy working a traditional corporate job and life threw me a lot of curve balls. A few years ago I started dreaming about writing a book again. Slowly writing came back into my life.
How do I know that writing is a dream of mine? Because it won’t leave me alone. It’s like this nagging feeling I need to get words out of me. My writing has changed a lot. I haven’t written a poem or lyrics in ages. I think blogging has changed a bit how I write. It’s more topic driven now. I’m also finding that creative side again. Photography is becoming a new passion of mine. I want to tell stories through my photos.
I think we all have a lot of small dreams and goals. But that big one? It will not leave you alone, even when you try. Often it’s related to something you loved doing or dreamed of doing when you were younger. It can also be something new but it feels familiar, like an old friend. It gives you a sense of freedom. It fills your lungs with air and energy. It feels right.
If you don’t know what your dream is or if you stress about finding it just let it come to you. It will. You know it when it has arrived. It will keep nagging you until you do something about it.
Now pursuing your dream and making a living on it is another topic. We’ll cover that in a future blog post.
Are you still wondering what your dream or calling is? Or have you found it?