See What You Can’t See

stones-1372677_640One of the concepts I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, is creating a plan for what I want my next few years to possibly look like. One of the big reasons I say possibly is that nobody can really predict the future. In addition to that if I look back at the past 5 years and try to predict similar changes to the next 5 years, I’ll probably not be very close. Here is one of the quotes I’ve really been thinking about the last few weeks as well:

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer. – Charles Kettering

One of the things that sticks out to me is that my dreams do seem to be safe in nature. It’s not necessarily something that has to do with being afraid of failing or anything like that, but rather it’s hard to get out of one’s comfort zone. For example, I could say one of my dreams is to start a business, yet there are many businesses that don’t survive for various reasons, so to put myself out there and to risk my own assets for something that might not work is definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. Additionally, when it comes to helping others it’s easy to just write a check or give a donation and let someone else worry about the logistics of personally impacting someone’s life. The messy thing to do is to actually see a need and to approach them with a true and honest connection.

The truly interesting thing is that the moment I begin to think about my dreams is the moment I’m able to truly systematically break some of them down. Instead of just saying, I’d really like to go to Europe or I’d love to go to a certain sporting event, I can actually figure out the price tag, and start putting some money towards those types of things. This changes the dream from wouldn’t it be amazing to next summer is going to be amazing. It’s also in this moment that sometimes I feel like my dreams aren’t that big, because there are a lot of things on my wish list that I could take care of in the next few years. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but do I really want to check off all of my dreams before I’m 40?

One of the things I’m trying to think about right now is what some people refer to as their moonshot ideas or things that are completely out of this world impossible to think about at the moment. I’ll probably post a bit more about where some of these dreams go because who knows, maybe they’re closer to reality than I know. Maybe it will also help give some insights to those of you who may read this and want to know more about me. Or maybe it will help you think of some of your own dreams. I’m still not really sure where I’m taking this site or my life but I do know that there are lots of crazy or maybe not so crazy things going on in my head.

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