Friday, July 24, 2009

Living the Dream

I was reading a friend's blog post a while back about how she felt like she wasn't living the life that she had always dreamed of. It got me thinking, am I living the life I have always dreamed of? I came to the conclusion that the answer is, yes. Oh sure, I had fantasies of becoming a famous actress. At one point in my life I couldn't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to be famous. And there was a time that I wanted to write young adult novels like Judy Blume. But really, truly from my earliest childhood what I have really wanted to be was a wife and a mother.

I have had people ask me, "Don't you want to get a job and have a career?" ...Um, no. Why would I want to go off to a job every day when I could be home with my daughters instead? Even after my girls are grown, I have no desire to get a job, unless I have to for financial reasons.

Being a good wife, mother, and homemaker IS a full time job. Whenever I try to do things "for myself", I find that I don't do as good of a job at what is most important to me, being a good wife and mother. Now I am not saying that I never take time to be alone and regroup or that I never do things like paint my toenails or read a book...or blogging. It is just when I try to do some big project or have some big goal that is unrelated being a wife and a mother that I end up being unhappy and overwhelmed instead of fulfilled.

I believe in following one's dreams and I believe that dreams can come true. I remember watching Cinderella as a teenager and being moved by the song, "A Dream is Wish Your Heart Makes."

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true

I am so glad that my dreams have come true!


Mrs. Blimes said...

sniffle. i love you michelle! now you're really gonna be living the dream in HAWAII!!!

lucky lucky lady!

Andrew and April said...

I love it!!

Michelle said...

That's so great. Too many people these days are unhappy with their lives, it's lovely to see someone who enjoys their life. I know what you mean about feeling unsatisfied with living purely for yourself- the year I spent as a student nurse was the worst year of my married life. But I don't regret it- it made me appreciate what I have, forced me to get my priorities straight, and brought me to homeschooling. I, too, am happiest when what I'm doing relates to my family. I love my 'me' time and my hobbies, but by and large, it's all about the family. Great post. :)

Crazy in Alaska said...

My hubby and I just had a conversation about this. For me the answer was "no" and made me realize that there were some personal goals I wasn't working towards. An eye-opener for sure!

Linda said...

Right on, mama! Makes me think of this quote:

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." --Howard Thurman