How Blogging Helps Turn Dreams Into Reality
Old Alabama-Brad Paisley
Shut Up and Dance– WALK THE MOON
Jackson-Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
Cecilia-Â Simon & Garfunkel
Tangled Up In Blue-Bob Dylan
Don’t make the mistake of trying to find meaning in the choice of songs above or any others that may follow in this post because if you fall behind the group you might get lost and there is no telling where you’ll end up.
What I do know is that eleven years of blogging has proven to me that there is still magic in the world and more magnificent moments waiting for you to discover them…but only if you are willing to open your eyes.
Those of you who to dare to dream during the day when your eyes are wide open and bright sunlight shows the wrinkles, kinks and folks in your plans have a chance to do more than wonder if it is possible.
But that is only if you are willing to bare your soul, open your heart and step out into the wild.
It might sound goofy and or ridiculous but sometimes you don’t realize how little you know about what it is you want and how to go about getting it until you put it in writing.
By moving the words from within your head to the pageÂ you’ll begin the process of figuring out how to answer those questions.
You might be surprised by how many people can’t tell you about their dreams with any sort of specificity. You might be shocked by how many areÂ satisifiedÂ to live aÂ satisfyingÂ life because they don’t allow themselves to do more than dream about something they don’t really know if they want.
Seriously, ask people to tell you what they dream of and a lot of them will tell you about how they wish they were rich enough to do whatever they want.
Push them on that and ask them what they would do if money were not a factor.
Ask them to spell it out. Ask them to do more than give the easy answer.
Blogging can help you break through that wall. Blogging can help you figure out what it is you really want and it can help you try to develop a plan to live your dreams and not dream your life.
Does that mean your plan will work and that blogging will be the magic potion that makes your life better?
I am not selling that.
I am saying that what it can do is help clarify what you dream about and that is important because if you don’t really know what you want you can’t figure out how to get there now can you.
Silly Dad Blogger, Stop It
Some of you aren’t buying any of this. Some of you are hoping I’ll be like other dad/mom bloggers and tell you stories about my children or talk about parenting.
Not going to happen right now, at least not in this post. The traditionalÂ blog post has been defenestrated and I am pushing ahead a different direction.
Because I am a few days away from finding out if some of the dreams I started chasing because of blogging are going to move from the dream to reality category.
Ask me to describe some of this and I’ll tell you I feel like I hitched myself to a plow and have been dragging the family up and the down the Himalayas.
I’ll tell you that I don’t know for certain what will happen but I have done everything within in my power to show my children that when life punches you in the mouth you get back up and keep walking forward because success is given to those who dare to work for it.
We live in a different world than the one I grew up in. It is a time when I hear many people talking about the world they wished they lived in and not the one that is.
I raised my fist in solidarity with Mark’s post about not becoming obsolete.
A short while ago a friend told me they were worried about being left behind with technology because he doesn’t like using it much.
I grabbed him by the shoulders and told him “We are motherfucking Generation X, we are the bridge between the analog and digital worlds.”
He wasn’t nearly as inspired by my words as I hoped, but that is ok, sometimes that is how it rolls. Hell, it worked for me and that was an unexpected bonus.
But I got it and I get it.
There are moments where I wonder what is happening.
Moments where I think about the family vacations of my youth where the first question was not do they have WiFI but will they have a pool.
Moments where I wonder how to create more moments for my children and wonder what I can do to create more opportunities for all of us to have the kind of experiences that a life should have.
5 More Songs
Band on The Run-Paul Mccartney & Wings
The Chain [Studio Version] -Fleetwood Mac
Rhiannon -Fleetwood Mac
Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot
Baker Street– Gerry Rafferty
How Blogging Helps Turn Dreams Into Reality
If you don’t know the answer, or at least my answer I have done a lousy job of conveying my thoughts here, but just in case I’ll spell it out.
Move your dreams from the space between your ears to the pixels on the page. Put yourself in a position to risk having your heart savaged and your hopes dashed by holding yourself accountable.
Put yourself in a position to risk having your heart savaged and your hopes dashed by holding yourself accountable.
Magic only materializes when we put ourselves in a position to receive it. Until you open yourself to the possiblity opportunity remains at arms length.
That is my story.
What is yours?
Janine Huldie June 10, 2015 at 3:23 am
Jack, said beautifully and perfectly as I truly can’t disagree one bit about blogging and how it has helped me in more ones than one, too 😉
Gary Mathews June 9, 2015 at 8:54 am
The older people that refuse to accept technology kill me. It’s like they are shying away from a disease. Sure I long for the days when things were simpler, but that is not the world we live in today.
Jack Steiner June 9, 2015 at 9:24 am
Yep, got to deal with the world we live in and not the one we wish we were in.
Larry June 8, 2015 at 7:29 pm
Not 100% related to your post, but I have been thinking about dreams as well. Do we all figure them out. Does it get to a point where they don’t matter or are unachievable? I
jacksteiner June 9, 2015 at 9:27 am
Some dreams will always be out of reach and or impossible. The trick is to not categorize all dreams that way. Some are there, but only for those who are willing to work for them.