When I was a little girl, I dreamed of traveling all over the world. I used to think about it almost all the time. Heck, I even dreamed about it at night. I would visualise myself getting on the plane, enjoying the flight, walking down the steps after we landed and even sightseeing in different countries.
I’m very lucky that my dream came true. Once again I find myself sitting in the British Airways lounge at Heathrow waiting for a flight. This time we are off to Toronto, back to the airport I took my first flight from when I was eleven years old. My parents took me to Florida, and up until that point, it was the most exciting day of my life.
My traveling days started off slowly, as my next flight was not until nearly five years after than - on a school trip to Paris. But that flight was just the beginning. By the time I was 23, I had travelled a great deal, and had even immigrated to a country three thousand miles from where I was born. I’m a citizen of that country now, although I’ll always have a soft spot for the country where I was born. I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of world, and to be able to return frequently to the places I like best. Admittedly, this means my carbon footprint is rather more of a body print, but I try to do things to offset this, including being a champion recycler.
I have to confess, nothing brings me more joy than traveling, exploring new places and returning to ones I love. Although parts of the plane journey do worry me (I’m the one clutching my seat arms on landing), I have to confess I do enjoy flying, especially now I am able to sit in the comfy seats a bit more often.
But back to the dreams coming true part. When I was little and daydreamed of traveling all over the world, it never occurred to me that my dream might not come true. And by the time I got old enough to realise that dreams don’t always come true, my dream was so much a part of who I was there was no risk of me doubting it.
I think that is how we have to dream our whole life. If there is something that you really want, you have to believe it can happen. You have to allow yourself to dream like a child does, with no sense of limitation. Even when other people try to persuade you otherwise, you have to believe with your whole heart in what it is you want to do, become or accomplish. You have to visualise your dream, nurture it, pray about it - eat, breathe and sleep it.
I honestly believe that when you do this, dreams really can come true. They don’t always come true exactly as you thought they would (I’m very blessed in that mine often seem to work out better than I’d planned) but they do help you to grow and develop into the wonderful person that is you. So don’t let anyone discourage you. Believe in your dreams - and believe in yourself as well. Almost anything is possible if you do.