Several years ago, we were having dinner with long-term friends. We had all belonged to a youth group when we were in our mid-teens and then as young adults, married, and we still remain in regular contact 40 + years later. We began discussing that we were now all in our mid to late fifties and how quickly the years had passed. What had happened to all those dreams we had when we were young and passionate about our future?

We were now all in demanding jobs or careers, some were supporting student children, many still had young adults living at home and most had aging parents to worry about or care for. Life was hectic, challenging, and very demanding. Where had all the years gone? Where was the excitement and passion we had experienced when we were teens?

This conversation led to some of us sharing that they were actually feeling restless and looking for a change and adventure, so we decided on a group holiday to the Greek Isles and eagerly began discussing the trip. Suddenly there was an air of excitement.

We met regularly together over the next few months and talked enthusiastically about this upcoming trip. It took time to plan, but it was exciting to be doing something new and adventurous.

It made me realise that as women over 50, we often spend more time planning our holidays than we spend on planning our lives. We tend to let our lives just happen!

It may happen overnight or it may take months or even years, when you find yourself thinking “there must be more to life than this!” This doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t enjoy your life. It may just mean you would like a new interest or challenge. You may have within you a dream that you have not had the time, or the courage to pursue.

What would you like to be doing a year from now? Change your career, begin a business or have the flexibility to travel whenever you choose. Dreaming is fine, but how do you make it happen? Goals are achieved by planning and taking action. So often we dream our lives away “I would love to… (you fill the gap); however, we rarely take action on our dreams and another year goes by. As a woman over 50, you may end up dreaming your life away!

Write down your dream in bold letters and put the date you would like to achieve this next to it. Underneath, begin making a plan to achieve your goal. The next important step is to take some action, no matter how small, do something toward achieving your dream.

I am living one of my dreams by traveling to Europe with my husband. What is one of your dreams? Write your dream and the date you would like to achieve it in the box below. Sharing your dream is one of the first steps in your plan of action. Well done!

Take action now!

Kind regards,

Bev

3 Responses to “What Do You Dream of Doing?”

  1. Spot on we do seem to spend more time planning our holidays and only dreaming about what could be

  2. You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  3. Holidays are worth planning for however it is much more valuable to plan your life.

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