Dream big and work hard to make it happen
WHERE would we be without our dreams?
To the cynical it is a question laden with the kind of flippancy reserved for pop psychology, social media memes and fortune cookies.
It's not a question many take seriously. Yet there is nothing funny or flippant about what it takes to keep a dream alive - more, to achieve it, live it and find out what's next.
You face the knockers, the cynics and the envious.
You're invariably let down; be it by those charged with supporting you, the system you're relying on, your own physical/mental/emotional capacity, a single heartbreaking error.
At times it would be easier to give up, to walk away. And you know what? Plenty have.
But those for whom dreams are meant to be pursued, that is never an option, not even when things get really bad - and don't we know it, they certainly do.
Steadfast commitment to a dream takes discipline, focus and drive. But at the heart is one single element: Faith.
Faith in the dream, faith in yourself. And that faith is what needs to be nurtured in our children.
Right from Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, to making it on to a rep team, or getting up on stage to perform for a packed theatre - that's the stuff of dreams and it takes faith to see it through.
If there is one lesson we should teach and one example we should set for our children, it is that of faith.
By ensuring our kids have faith in themselves, their abilities and, yes, their dreams, we are setting them up for a lifetime of success - by whichever definition they choose.
I for one can attest to that - both as a mum and in my career.
And seeing my partner, an international airline pilot, achieve a major milestone in the pursuit of his own dreams just this week, is an inspiring and motivating force.
Giving his all was the only option. Giving up was never even a thought. The process has been punishing. The rewards stunning.
But the lesson for my kids, in never losing sight of what's important? Well, that's simply fabulous.
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