Have you ever tried to make a decision, only to find yourself swaying back and forth over what to do? Part of you says to do the practical thing - the thing that makes sense. But that decision just doesn’t sit well with your heart. Your heart wants to try something different, but how can you risk the challenge, risk the pain, with no guarantees? Still that voice persists, telling you that doing the nonsensical thing would feel so amazing! Have you noticed that voice getting louder lately? Is it getting harder to hush? This could be a sign that your inner dreamer is trying to emerge.
Our society encourages us to be pragmatists, and analytic thinking does get you far: you must plan long-term goals, and have reasonable action items to obtain those goals, ensuring success and happiness in life . . . eventually. We are willing to work hard at things we don’t enjoy, sacrifice instant gratification, and do the things that ‘make sense’ all hoping it will pay off in the future.
But what if it doesn’t pay off? What happens if you play by the rules, live pragmatically all your life and, when you look at what you have in front of you, nothing there brings you pure, fundamental joy?
If not, and your inner dreamer is emerging, what do you do? If the voice is loud you may feel you have to do something drastic, but you can always start small! Embracing your inner dreamer every once in a while can add so much richness and beauty and vitality, without compromising too much security and comfort. The pragmatist in me is telling you that you can maintain your pragmatism and still inject the dreamer here and there to get the best of both worlds.
If your 2019 isn’t appealing to you, maybe it’s time to shake things up. Maybe it’s time to let go of some of the fear and doubt to let your inner dreamer out to play. If it turns out to be an amazing experience, wonderful! But, even if things don’t go the way you’d hoped, the experience itself can be exhilarating, provide some wonderful life lessons, and even possibly a great story! Maybe this is the year you learn to entertain your dreamer self more than you have in the past, and find some joy in the drudgery.