Ever since I can remember, even when I was very young, I would often dream about what I wanted to become when I got older. I think most all children have similar thoughts and dreams. As a coach of young children now, I often hear stories from my students of what they want to be when they grow up. Dreaming is a good thing and it is important to know that Dreams Can Come True!!
Even though some dreams may sound crazy and impossible to reach, I believe it is a positive emotion for all children to have. The dreams that children have may change many times throughout their childhood. For this reason, parents should not get over dramatic when they hear their child express interest in something that seems so far out. However, with this said, we should never think “never” in expressing views on someone’s dreams.
When I was young, I had dreams of wanting to be several things at different times: like, wanting to be a veterinarian – I like all animals. I also loved football and played on a league so I dreamed of becoming a professional football player. I even went through a period of time when I wanted to be an astronaut. When I was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 10, I fell immediately in love with the sport and quickly decided this was what I was going to do with my life.
As I became more involved with the sport and found early success, I began dreaming of becoming an Olympian. It wasn’t until my middle school years that this dream had turned into a goal. I became serious about the sport and more serious with my training. As I grew within the sport and reached the elite level of participation, I knew my goal was a reachable and realistic goal.
Although it took nearly 13 years, my dream of becoming an Olympian came true. I’ll never forget the exact moment of when this dream was realized. It was an unbelievable feeling of self-gratification.
I had another dream as well, this was to be a business owner someday and be my own boss. I had worked in the corporate world for years after my retirement from gymnastics but never lost sight of that dream of running my own business. Again, it took many years, but I found an opportunity and felt I was ready.
I have been running my own business for nearly 18 years now and couldn’t be happier. Of course, there are many challenges with being a business owner, but the rewards are greater. Another Dream Come True!!
Always remember, it is good to dream. It gives a person, especially children, something to look forward to. It gives a person a purpose for their actions. And there is nothing better than living your dream!!
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
– Jim Rohn