Dreams and goals are both great to have but differ in meaning. They aren't interchangeable. Goals are concrete things that you can break into chunks and accomplish on your own. You can achieve goals, make lists, and check things off the list when you are done. I love goals!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
Dreams, to me, are bigger broader wishes for things that I would like to do or places I would like to go. Dreams are lovely wishes for the future that may or may not come true. I had a dream list or bucket list of places that I wanted to visit, maybe you have a similar list? It was a pie in the sky list of amazing places that I wanted to see and experience some time in my life. For me, the beauty of dreams is the anticipation of something great in the future.
Some of the places on my dream vacation list: Santa Fe, San Francisco, Napa Valley, the Grand Canyon, Disney World, New York City, Florence, Italy and Paris, France. This photo was taken on the top of the Dome in Florence, Italy. I have a book called Art & Architecture of Florence and I used to read this book looking at all the photos, reading about the artists and soaking in the Italian Renaissance culture. When I came home from Florence, the dogged-eared pages in this book matched every single painting, sculpture and building that I had seen and learned about in my Art History class in college. The fulfillment of that dream was beautiful and added so much to my life.
This week I leave for a trip to the very last place on my dream list: Paris, France! I am very excited to visit Monet's Garden in Giverny and experience Paris. As I pack, plan and dream about this upcoming visit, I am so grateful to my husband for literally making my dreams come true and his comment to me was that now I get to start a whole new bucket list. Pondering finishing the dream list that I made in my head years ago before I had really traveled at all really fills me with emotion. Being grateful and appreciating what you have in your life makes all the challenges less daunting. I wrote about how having an attitude of gratitude can affect your overall happiness last week and truly believe this is what helps people stay positive. Looking forward to Monday morning tempers your whole week with an “I can do this” attitude as opposed to those who gripe about each task. We all have tasks, chores and responsibilities, I propose you meet them with gratitude for the gifts to complete them successfully and you will find they weren't so bad after all.
Some of the memories that I will always have:
- Watching the fireworks at Cinderella's Castle in Disney World with my family
- Hopping on a train on a whim and taking a fantastic bus tour of Rome on our last night in Italy
- Stepping into Brunelleschi's Dome, I highly recommend reading this book about how it was built. Fascinating!
- The orchestra tuning up at my first Broadway show
- Running down the cobbled streets of Munich in the pouring rain, laughing hysterically
- Recreating a scene from one of my favorite movies “When Harry Met Sally” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
For me, my new bucket list will start just like my last with wishes and dreams that I hope will come true but I won't rush them. Enjoying the view on the journey of life is half the pleasure. I hope that you have some dreams that you are keeping and nurturing. I also hope that you share them with someone special.
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“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep.” Walt Disney
Have you ever had the realization that something in your life was literally a dream come true? What was it? Do you have any things that you are dreaming about? Maybe a wish list for travel like I had? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
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