If you have read any of my posts, you will know that I am someone who loves quotes. Life can be perfected summed up and encapsulated in just a few words, and the emotions that they create can be life-changing.
A couple of my favourite quotes come from the amazing Helen Keller. There are very few people who have never heard the story of Helen Keller, and if you are one of those people, I highly recommend that you jump on Google and read her story. It will definitely put the struggles that you feel that you are facing in life in perspective.
One of the quotes from Helen that I so love says "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision". Let that sink in for a minute. This woman, who was blind and deaf, understood that a life without vision is a life of unfulfilled potential.
We start our lives with excitement and dreams of what we want to be when we grow up, where we want to travel, and the things we want to do. Then slowly life creeps in and we are encouraged to make our dreams smaller, oftentimes by the people that love and care for us the most, because they themselves have shrunken their dreams and they don't want to see you hurt.
So each year passes by and we allow our dreams to fade into what society, our family, and our friends think is a safe and reasonable goal. Each year our Vision fades a little bit more. Then one day we are just getting up, going to work, coming home, looking after our family and immediate responsibilities, then going to bed with the knowledge that tomorrow we will get up and do the same thing all over again.
How do we recapture the Vision that we once held? How do we reignite the passion and desire that we once had? How do we break through all of the walls that we have built that have blocked out the light? We start by taking off the blindfold of denial. We recognize that we have turned away from our true selves to fit into the boxes that someone else felt that we should live in.
Radical honesty is the flashlight that you will need to see into the deep recesses of your past. This will be your tool for discovering where your true passion lies, and what Vision you have allowed to be blurred as you grew into what someone told you to be.
My dream for you is that you develop a desire that is strong enough to shine a light into the darkest recesses of your Vision. I want you to feel that childhood excitement that you once felt in your life. I want you to understand that whatever stage you are at in your life, it is never too late to chase the dreams that you once had.
Do not let the dimmed Vision of others blind you to the amazing life that lies ahead of you.