"I committed myself to one of my dreams"

Making choices in life isn’t easy, but necessary if we want to grow in life. I often get the question on how I make choices. How do I know what is the perfect decision to make. Well, as I said before several times, it’s that gut feeling you have. It’s just a thought that comes in on an unexpected moment. Having a walk in the park can free your thoughts and just hit you with an idea. Or maybe having a drink with a friend can bring you to ideas. Don’t just stick to ideas. Turn them into reality.  If at first you’re happy with the thoughts, just go for it. Never regret the choices you made, as they will bring you knowledge.  

After that setback I had on a professional level (remember my very first post “Unexpected twist”), I decided to finally follow a dream I had since my childhood. Writing had always been a passion of mine. I love to inspire people and share my stories so people can draw energy and strength to go through life changing decisions in a positive way. See and do something with the signs that hit our mind more often then we think. So I started writing. No doubts, I just did it. I created my logo, website is online, Facebook page, Instagram account and just started writing. Seeing the amount of followers grow encourages me in persisting, in keeping going. People can recognize themselves in certain stories and the reactions I get from readers, that I gave them new insights, make me happy.

A month ago I decided to follow a course. I was looking for a course that suited my thinking, my vision of life and growing in life. I had almost made my final decision when a dear old friend of mine asked me to go out and have diner. As we didn’t see each other in maybe five years, we had a lot to talk about. She had read all my stories I had posted and was curious in what I was planning on doing in the future. I started talking about the idea that I wanted to inspire people even more. Help them to get out of their comfort zone. Help them in how to grow confidence and feel happy again, instead of feeling stuck. She then started to talk about a program that I should look into, one that might be interesting for me …

So, the next day I did. I didn’t leave it to an idea, no, I took action. Everything I could find online I read, watched … It triggered me. The philosophy fitted in perfectly with mine. I filled in a form to have a call with one of the collaborators a few days later. The day afterwards I got a message late in the evening, asking if we could have the call right then. Although it was weekend and my husband was finally at home after working abroad all week, I agreed. As if you want something you shouldn’t find excuses to delay the process. Five minutes later I found myself in the call that would give me the necessary insights. I got to explain my frame of mind, my vision and mostly I got to get all the information I needed about the course. The following morning I registered. So I had made a decision, I got out of my comfort zone, committed myself to one of my dreams. I had made a new big step to turn one of my dreams into reality. I had planted a new seed. I was excited and felt relieved I had finally taken action. Seeing a friend again and having a long great talk had given me new opportunities, new ideas.

A few days before the subscription I was not feeling fine. It had already been a couple of weeks that occasionally I was having fever, a sore throat, felt tired. Everybody in the house got the flu, but I didn’t. It just didn’t break through and I just kept on doing the things I was used to do. My husband calls me his “Duracell rabbit” as I do not know where my ‘off’ switch is located. But one morning, three weeks ago, I got up, made a coffee when the feeling of just have ran a marathon hit me. I took a shower and I had to go back to bed, I was just that tired. I slept for two hours and got up again. The same routine. Make myself a cup of coffee and back to the shower. Again it had exhausted me. I didn’t recognize myself, I was distraught. I felt like crying …

I decided to call the doctor to set an appointment for a blood test. A week later the results came in: Glandular fever. My first setback in purchasing my dream. My body telling me to slow down.
I could just have thrown my dreams in the closet. Leave them there and feel sorry for myself. Have an excuse for not persevere. Instead I keep on going, listening to the signs my body gives me. Learn to dose and still follow my dream. Bring it to a successful conclusion. This is the first step into my new life. Finish the course, get my certificate and get to inspire people even more. The road will be long and bumpy, but that’s the road of life. One step at a time and never give up when it gets rough. And as my dear husband says: “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit”.

If you start to follow your dreams, the path won’t be smoothly. No, you have to believe in yourself and be persistent. There will be a lot of obstacles on your way, but when you conquer them you will be rewarded. It’s not because you decide to take a leap that life will be all rose scent and moonshine.
On certain occasions fear will take over. Your subconsciousness will try to take over. It will try to make you go back to your comfort zone. Ignore it. Have the discipline to keep on going. Giving up is no option. You will hit that wall on several occasions and it will be damn hard to reach your goal. Failure or setbacks are a necessary ingredient for success. Tuition fees need to be paid in order to finally be successful in purchasing your dreams. Those setbacks are there, so you would prove to yourself you can finish what you started, even though the road to success is and always will be hard. It will give you insights and a huge confidence in yourself.

© Vicky Drappier – Dare to leap

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