September 26th, 2012 by J.A. Pitts
The Dangerous Dream

Sometimes you want something small, something you are worthy of.  Maybe you even want it bad enough to go after it.  You work harder, you look for angles and you push toward a goal that seems reasonable.

Sometimes you want something that appears to be totally out of your reach.  Something so unfreaking awesome and yet so hilariously out of the realm of reasonableness that you just shrug and walk away.

And sometimes, when you reach for your dreams, you fall.  You come away battered and bruised and you decide that life has taught you a very important lesson and that you should learn that you have limits and you need to keep your dreams to the realm of possibilities.

The truth is — and this should scare the living daylights out of everyone here — there is nothing out of your reach.  NOTHING.

I’m a published author because I wanted it bad enough to make it happen.  I had faith.  I did the hard work and I believed in the dream.  I refused to let little things like a decade of rejection get in the way.  I ignored others who told me my writing wasn’t good enough.  By all that is wholesome and pure, I ignored those idiots and kept my dream alive.

How dare anyone tell you that your dreams are not achievable.  Never listen to someone who tells you that you should settle for what you can have.  I don’t care if you want to be an astronaut, the President of the United States, or if you decide one day that the reason you are unhappy is because despite the biological evidence, you really are a woman (or a man).

I swear to you that you may have pain, you may walk through fire, but you have got to live for your dreams.  When you stop dreaming you start dying.

I’m a writer, damn it and I will put my work out in front of people until all of them know the truth.  I only have three novels on the market but that in itself exceeds some people’s dreams.  Dare to dream bigger, shoot for the moon.  You need to gather all the energy you can muster and push it into your dreams.  I will break into the NY Times best seller list some day.  I will become a full-time writer.  I will stand in front of my fans and accept awards.

And I know all of this because my dreams are powerful.  My dreams have teeth.

You are worthy of joy.  You are worthy of big dreams.

Do something, right now.  Stand up and declare to the world that you will not be kept back by those who are afraid.  You will reach for the stars and you will, come hell or high water, you will achieve the unthinkable, the unfathomable.

Eschew the fear, abandon the doubt.  Take a deep breath and let the possibilities fill you to overflowing.

Then roll up your sleeves and do the hard work.

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5 comments to “The Dangerous Dream”

  1. David Hack
     · September 26th, 2012 at 9:57 am · Link

    Someone had their wheaties this morning. Great post, thanks for the pep talk, and the admonishment to do the hard work.

  2. Dale Ivan Smith
     · September 26th, 2012 at 12:22 pm · Link

    “You have got to live for your dreams”: this is so important. Daring to dream big is part of what makes us human, and lets us channel our passion, if only we will follow those dreams, and “abandon doubt.”

    Thank you, John, for writing about this, and for telling us that our dangerous dreams are worth the pain and effort.

  3. Suzan Harden
     · September 26th, 2012 at 9:04 pm · Link

    Thanks for the reminder! I needed it today as I struggle through the last pages of the Alter Ego’s current wip. I have the best job in the world because I clung to the Dream!

  4. Keith Phillips
     · September 26th, 2012 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Thank you! I totally needed that.

  5. Julia Dvorin
     · September 26th, 2012 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Testify, brother! I wholeheartedly agree with the “when you stop dreaming, you start dying” idea. Things you have to work hard for are so satisfying when you get them. :)

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