#MotivationMonday: Dream Big
“In my world everyone’s a pony and they eat rainbows and poop out butterflies.” – Katie, Horton Hears a Who!
It’s OK to Dream Big!
Remember when we were kids and we had all these fantastic magical ideas and dreams? Whatever happened to those? For some of us, drugs and alcohol took those dreams and hopes away. We were left with resentment, anger, and fear. We began to think the world did us wrong, and that we were never going to be normal, so using our imagination was definitely not an option. The cool thing about recovery is that we get to dream big again, and eventually live out those dreams.
When I took the leap of faith and went into my second rehab in hopes that I would finally get this “sober” thing, my world changed forever. Back then, I just tried my best and stuck with my program of recovery literally one day at a time. I took suggestions even though I was petrified, because people who had already done this before told me I would be OK. Looking back on it now, I often think “Wow, how did I even do all that?” Of course I didn’t do it alone, I had support and a Higher Power working some magic, but that was still a huge leap of faith giving everything up and following a new path – essentially rebuilding my life at 28! I guess you could say I had something sort of like a dream. The dream of living a sober, happy, healthy lifestyle, and it came true. If that dream, which seemed daunting and out of reach for so many years, was able to come into reality, then why can’t any of my other dreams come true too?
It’s OK to dream big and take those leaps of faith in recovery (provided that they are healthy ones), because life is too short to waste it on being scared all the time. We didn’t get sober just to exist or be miserable. We got sober so we could be happy, joyous, and free. We got sober to live life to the fullest and that is exactly what I have been doing these past several years. I don’t walk the traditional path that most people walk; I dance to my own beat and challenge you to do the same. What do your dreams look like and what are you doing about them today to live them out? What is stopping you from truly living?
Just for today, get out of your own way and chase your dreams just like you chased your recovery – with determination, faith, and positive thinking/actions.
You are worth it and you deserve to be happy.
Written By: Watershed Ashling
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