Daydreams.  I know when I was younger, as kids and teens we daydreamed. It went along with playing.  I’m not so sure kids nowadays do much daydreaming since their days are planned so tightly with STUFF that they don’t have as much time to lie underneath a tree and daydream.   Usually there is a game playing console in their hand or a television remote or they’re in gymnastics and tumbling and math camps, basketball camps and cheerleading camps and school activities and church activities and family activities and and and.  No trees.

Under Weeping Willow Tree
Under Weeping Willow Tree

Some of my favorite times were lying underneath a weeping willow tree, hidden from the world, daydreaming about stuff.  Nothing important.  Maybe about a boy.  Maybe about what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Maybe about the pie mom was making for dinner.  Who knows?

If you don’t have daydreams, if you don’t have dreams, you are cheating yourself out of some of the best ways to challenge yourself.  About what? To keep growing, stretching and living fully.

Daydreaming Man
Daydreaming Man

I’m not talking about daydreaming about getting some sleep if you have a newborn infant in your house (although that IS important).  I’m not talking about daydreaming about what’s for supper tonight (although that is important, too).  No, I’m talking BIGGER.

Without dreams, most inventions would never have come into existence.  Without dreams, famous paintings would never have been painted.  Without dreams, beautiful poetry would still be stuck inside people without expression.  Without dreams, great works of history would never exist.  Without dreams, generations of people would not be free.  Without dreams, what are we?

Relaxing tea in the garden
Relaxing tea in the garden

My friend Celia over at High Heeled Life did a series on 30 minutes and a cuppa tea.  Her one driving point was to take time out each day and just relax for 30 minutes, just for yourself.  To me this is the equivalent of lying under a tree and daydreaming.  You may not drink tea – sip a cola or water or whatever.  Just slow down for at least 30 minutes.

While you are sitting for those 30 minutes take some of that time to DAYDREAM.  Daydream about what you would do with your current life if money were no object.  Daydream about what and who you would become if there were no obstacles in your way.  Daydream about something you’ve always wanted to do but never accomplished.  Daydream about becoming all you ever wanted to become.  DAYDREAM BIG.

And while you are daydreaming, why not figure out something you can do each day toward that one special dream?

Playing Piano
Playing Piano

While it may be a wee bit too late to become a prima ballerina for the New York City Ballet (unless you’re very young), it is never too late to take dance lessons.  Take piano lessons!  Go to college – how about culinary school?  Dream of art?  Go out and buy an easel, paint, charcoal, watercolours, and paper.  Take lessons.  Start somewhere.

Time will pass whether you pursue your dream or sit around wishing you could pursue your dream.

Older Man Daydreaming
Older Man Daydreaming

I believe it is never too late to daydream and it is never too late to do something about those daydreams.  You can’t use your age as an excuse to quit daydreaming.  There are way too many people who began walking in their dreams later in life.  I’m talking in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Those are the ages they BEGAN to do.  What’s your excuse?

READY TO START DAYDREAMING?  You are the only thing standing in the way of your dream.