I got a new magazine called Bella Grace to go hand in hand with the multiple French books being read and sitting in my TBR pile. It fits with the dreaming I’ve been doing as of late, as it is a magazine talking about “Life’s Beautiful Journey’.
In the magazine was an article about Letting Go of Old Dreams and it was a submission by an individual who spent all her time wondering about the next journey and not taking in the sights and sounds around her.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not usually a cynic, but the tone of the article seemed to say, “I realized I wasn’t going anywhere so I settled in liking the things that usually annoyed me.”
What kind of life is that? To settle for what you have even if it never made you truly happy? To strain to find pleasure in the mundane because you realize you’re not working hard enough for those dreams and plans you had, because you sat around too long simply dreaming and not moving. To me, it’s an admission of defeat because you didn’t work to make it a success.
I’m hearing from friends, now, who have made the move to a new country or are in the process of such and they’re emphasizing the work it will take, how adjustments must be made, how research needs to be done, but how they’re wondering what took them so long because it really was what they needed. And I really won’t admit defeat or settle for the mundane that surrounds me – even though I’m currently at the cottage and it’s truly bliss and beauty… But it’s not Paris. So it’s not enough for my soul. I won’t stop following my dreams just because it gets difficult. I’ll work till it’s mine.
Please understand that I appreciate all that surrounds me, the beauty, the opportunity, the family, Canada as a whole. But it is not what my heart longs for. And for that reason, I won’t stop fighting until the heart has what it wants, what it needs.
This magazine also has a lot of excellent quotes and I’ll end this post with two that fit with the subject matter, both by the great Eleanor Roosevelt:
“Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.'”
And a very important one:
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”