Now I know what all you spoonies are thinking, “I dream plenty…since I’m asleep most of the time!” And although I know it can seem like the only dreams within our grasps are the ones we have while sleeping, that simply isn’t true. If we don’t keep an optimistic vision of the future in mind, then really, what’s the point?
We have to set goals for ourselves. And no, I’m not talking about the small realistic ones we set everyday like getting out of bed or getting a bit of cleaning done. I’m talking about big goals for the future. For example, I want to be a pediatric surgeon someday. I know I will achieve this goal despite my chronic illness, and most days that dream helps me deal with my CRPS. When things seem truly hopeless and I just start crying because I know this pain will never end, I remember that I have to keep going so someday I can help someone else going through a similar problem.
And I know it’s easy for me to say. I’m young and have my whole life ahead of me, but I’ll tell you a little secret, so do you! People are always talking about how young people having their “whole lives ahead of them” as if it’s some rare privilege they wish they had. And while I recognize and appreciate the benefits of being young, EVERYONE has their whole lives ahead of them. I’ve seen a 60 year old decide to start a non-profit and change so many lives. I’ve also seen (okay, okay; read about) people waste their entire lives and not accomplish anything past living and dying.
My point is, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. So if you don’t have a dream, get one! It’s never too late. And if you’re still young like me, it is undeniably easier to just develop the habit of having big dreams now.
So dream big. Dream HUGE! Having an ultimate goal and working towards it will distract you from your illness at worst, and completely change your life at best. You can’t lose.
Although it’s cheesy: if you shoot for the moon, you’ll still land among the stars! Be a star. I dare you.
Already have a dream? Let me know with a comment below!
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