There was a flurry of excitement as each kite took off into the open sky. My kids were squealing away in delight when theirs started catching some wind. We were on a kite flying outing organized by their weekend dharma class. On each kite, each child has written his or her most desired dream. For a while, I stood enraptured by the sight of colorful kites dancing against a sky blue canvas.
As I watched, I started to recall what I have read. I went back in time to the 19th century when two brothers had an idea which eventually became their passionate and consuming dream. On Friday December 17, 1903 at 10:35 AM, the Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville) flew “the world’s first power-driven, heavier-than-air machine in which man made free, controlled, and sustained flight.” Their memorable feat took place at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on a cold windy morning.
The recollection got me started in penning down some of my thoughts on dreams. The Wright brothers have indeed been an inspiration. They persisted in following their dreams. Because of them, air travel to countries all over the world was made possible and time needed for traveling drastically reduced.
Contrastingly, the vast majority of us gave up our dreams a long time ago. Perhaps we had even barely started on them, to begin with. In our youth, we have had many dreams. We aspired to be artists, ballerinas, actresses, or even the President. Most of the hopes would qualify as wishful thinking but there might be the one or two that might have been the spark of our true desires.
Mostly, our fire of enthusiasm got doused along the way. We caved in to the conventional view that such dreams were not realistic. Our dreams would never make us a decent living, we were told. Against the backdrop of disapproving looks and negative comments, we found it hard to persist.
Well, if not for the likes of the Wright brothers, millions of lives would not have changed. There are many other role models, too, that have taken the road less traveled. Nothing appeared to be impossible to people like Thomas Edison, Walt Disney or Lance Armstrong. More recently, a new singing talent found in 47-year old Susan Boyle in “Britain’s Got Talent, 2009″ let us know that it is never too late to pursue their true heart’s desires. The one distinguishing quality that sets them apart? Their determination not to give up!
I really like this quote…
“Dreams are like the paints of a great artist. Your dreams are your paints, the world is your canvas. Believing, is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality.”
I choose to tell my kids that so long as they can conceive a dream and feel passionate about it, they can believe that it will come true. Unlike my kids, I have not had the privilege of having the support for my dreams when I was young. I do not blame my parents either. Instead, I now take every opportunity to share with my kids the importance of following their dreams.
My little daughter had written that “I want to be an artist when I grow up” on her kite. My nephew wrote about being a pilot in his. My elder daughter drew a big heart on her kite, with the thought of sharing her love with everyone. If these are the dreams they truly desire, I hope that they all come true. My wish for them is that their kites will always fly high!
About the author:
Evelyn Lim is a Life Coach, Intuitive Consultant and Writer. She shares tips about raising conscious awareness on her blog. Please visit AttractionMindMap.com.
It will look like this: Let Your Dreams Fly As High As Your Kites