I LOVE this article! You don't need children to imagine dreaming your dreams...Just remember what it was like to be a child and the big dreams you had!
We all have dreams, still. How much better is it to just go ahead and TRY for them. 10 years down the road you will still be wishing you could attain your dreams, imagine what 10 years of trying to shoot for them will get you! A lot further down that road to achieving them!
This is an interesting article, however, I don't have any kids to watch. How do you suggest doing this in that case. In my case I "know" it's too late to make my life what I want it to be. Reality is in front of me. I wish life were more simple than that.
Your article made me want to shoot for the moon! I couldn't help but notice how much support your son is getting in making his dreams come true. You and your DH are very supportive! Even as adults, we need that support, and I think that's where SparkPeople comes in. Articles like yours and support from my SparkFriends have enabled me to achieve health goals I could barely dream about. And reaching those goals is motivating me to reach for others. What a gift SparkPeople is to so many of us!
Thanks for this. As a mother I often feel excited by what my kids might one day do, thanks for reminding me that I can still achieve new things too. My life does seem to have been on hold a bit over the last couple of years but with SparkPeople and articles like this I feel I am really taking control again - of my health, my life and my family's future. Thank you.
I raised my daughter to always... SHOOT FOR THE MOON. If you don't make it, you will hit a much higher goal than if you decided to settle for shooting for something less. Today, my daughter overcame an abusive relationship, fought to get off welfare (can you believe that one... she had to fight!) got her college degree, and graduated Law School last year. She did this all as a single mom, and working full time. It took her 10 years, but she did it. She graduated law school, passed the bar, and got married all in the same year... just an amazing woman. So proud of her.
We had a family disagreement with my dad when she was only 10, and Grampa... trying to be well meaning told her she should not set her sights on such lofty goals... she knew then she wanted to be a lawyer. I sent her outside to play and dad and I had a "discussion..." I firmly told him he was never to ever discourage her from wanting to accomplish anything in her life. I gave him my SHOOT FOR THE MOON theory and left the room. When I came back he was in tears and apologized and said to me, "I wish I had a mother who stood up for me the way you stand up for your daughter." I told him I learned that partly because of him... that you can do whatever you want to. He built our home with little to no money from the bank in 1951. They turned him down... twice, when the bank president came out to the property to see what he had done, he had the foundation in, the house framed and was starting on the next step. They gave him the money on the spot to finish the house and apologized to him. Not something you would see happen today!
SHOOT FOR THE MOON, BABY! JUST SHOOT FOR THE MOON!
What a great reminder that we can do anything we choose to do at any age. I'm going to add an image of an inspiring role model to my motivation collage for each decade I have yet to reach, to remind me its never too start something new.
A few years ago a few friends and I decided that each summer we would try two things that we have always wanted to do, but never had the chance. Each summer we present ideas and vote on them. Rejected ideas have included learning to shoot a pistol and sky diving. I have now tried quilting, cake decorating, belly dancing, scrapbooking, pole dancing and stamping. I have not liked every skill, but i've enjoyed the time with my friends, and each of the new experiences.
Even as I've watched my adult daughters achieve their own goals I have been inspired to try to achieve some my own. I have observed one common thread they both share. They think they can. They just don't know any better. Wow, and each time, I'm surprised by that. It reminds me that a person will fail 100% of the time, the things they don't try.
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