This is guest blog I originally wrote for Gointernational.tv. I wanted to share it here.
Our team recently participated in the Dream Campaign in Plaza Foch here in Quito. Our goal was to engage people in conversation, and hopefully spark something in their heart about what their dream is and encourage them to pursue it. We met all kinds of people with all kinds of dreams. From writing a book to living a happy life together, from traveling the world to marrying a girl from the United States. We learned that a dream can be anything that sits inside your heart and makes it beat; makes it yearn for something greater. Some people we met were in the middle of their dreams; sharing with us what it was like to be doing what they most desired in life. Others were approaching their dreams; sharing what it was like to be hopeful. Others were moving from one dream to the next, sharing that life is more than one moment in time. It is a journey, a progression from one moment to the next, all the while capturing the moment and making the most of it.
I think dreams are like the mountains that are not far beyond my house in Quito. I know they are there. I know they exist. But some mornings, and some nights, a thick blanket of clouds, hiding them from sight, covers them. But just because I cannot see them at that moment does not lead me to believe that they no longer exist. Sometime it is difficult to see them because of things that get in the way; fear or anxiety, uncertainty or confusion. Sometimes things can cloud our vision, keeping us from seeing the beauty of what stands in front of us or of what lays in our hearts.
Hearing about dreams so often can sometimes make it even more confusing when trying to determine what they are in your life. I have come to notice that I have many dreams, all with varying degrees of simplicity and complexity. But just because it is hard does not mean I should not strive for it. As I write this, I realize it is much easier to write it or say it than to actually live it. We have a saying here at Go: We don’t say “I can’t” but we ask, “How can I?” When I think of this, I think of dreams. I think of the positivity it takes to pursue your dreams. I think of the faith that is required to believe each morning that your dreams can be accomplished.
What dreams lay in your heart? Which dreams hover just beneath the surface, trying their hardest to get out and come to life? What stands in the way of your dreams becoming true? It is not always easy to detect such things. But often, some things have to be conquered before others can have their turn. I encourage you, as much as I constantly encourage myself, to give life to your dreams. They have been hidden long enough. The world needs your dreams to come to life. It needs what lays in your heart. I believe your dreams matter, not only to yourself, but also to those around you.