Recently, I was blessed to witness one of my best friends get married. It was a great weekend, full of laughter and fun with three of my closest friends. But it was also a weekend of stark realizations.
Life is change. You can’t escape it. You can’t hide your head in the sand and hope it goes back to what it was. Change is inevitable.
Years ago a friendship was forged between four women. We walked through some of the deepest valleys of my life together, and they held me along the way. For hours each week we would laugh, cry, and share our lives with each other. When I moved to Oregon in 2008, our friendship began to change. Since then, I have been trying to recapture what we had. And as I flew out that weekend for the wedding, my expectation was no different.
As the weekend wore on, I began to realize, that what we had can’t be recaptured. But it has changed and grown over the years into something better. But to enjoy the better, I have to let go of the old. Change is easy to do, but harder to live with.
Life doesn’t stop just because I want it to. It moves on. People change, weddings and babies happen. Distance separates us. I watch my friends move on and feel like I have been left in that valley; struggling to get out of the muck, as everyone else leaves me behind. I feel the same way when it comes to my hopes and dreams. They are always within grasp, but never quite realized.
That is the reality of dreams. They aren’t meant to be caught, they are meant to be surpassed and new ones take their place. They are like change, it happens when you aren’t looking. Just like watching water boil. You can stare at it for ever. Even give up and turn away. But until all the elements have aligned, the dream will not come to fruition.
As I grow and change so do my dreams. God shapes me and makes me more like Christ. My eyes are opened to who I am in him, and they begin to take a more solid shape.
Just like change, dreaming is easy. But achieving them is not. We have to work to accept change and allow dreams to happen. Because dreams and change are one in the same. And our success is found in allowing ourselves to change as well as those around us. When we accept our change, chasing our dreams becomes fun. And when you allow those around you to change, you discover how beautiful they are when they chase their dreams.
What dreams are you chasing? What dreams do you wish you had the courage to chase?by