Are you a Chaser yet? I’ve seen a few you out there, reaching high for your kite tails, being fearless. Or, a little less boldly, but in all faith, walking onto that next step, trusting that it’s there. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, hop over here and check out Rae’s Kite Project. I joined up with this amazing group of women to become a Chaser almost 2 months ago. And, although I’ve been chasing this kite tail of my Dream for the last 5 weeks in front of you, in the form of this series, lots of ground was covered beforehand. Trust me when I tell you, there will be plenty more chasing to come. (Would it be too much to ask that I get into slightly better shape from all the Chasing???) In fact, below you will find a picture of how I will be spending the next phase of this Chasing of my dream.
I wanted to close out this series by sharing a couple of realizations that I’ve had along the way.
1) You are NEVER to old to chase your dreams! You see, when I began, I wondered if my age was a hindrance. Humor me here, would you? I know 40 something-or-other isn’t old. In fact, I feel more like a bouncy 28-year-old, minus the bouncy, most days of the week. True story! But, I’ve taken note that many of the writers and dream chasers that I most admire are quite a bit younger than I am. And that began to bother me. And made me question whether I was 4 kinds of crazy to attempt this venture in the first place. I know now that that right there is hogwash! Who says you can’t be 40ish when you finally start chasing your dream? Or 50ish, 70ish, or 90ish, for that matter? Lordy – do I really need to revisit how old Sarah and Abraham were when they finally realized their dream, in Isaac’s birth? Do I?
2) Sometimes it takes a 2 x 4 to get you moving in the right direction! I wish I were kidding. You know how your mom (or your aunt or your grampa) told you, when you were 9, that you had the most creative mind and they just knew that you were going to be a brilliant _____________ (fill in the blank there, folks) someday? And then, in high school, you had The Moment. You know the one. You study something in some class and everything in you wakes up and you know! You know that this interests you. And you find yourself having a conversation with a high school teacher who sees something in you. But you’re just not sure. You’re young, you think to yourself. What if there’s something else you are supposed to do? And then, you have another conversation in college or graduate school or in your first job. You have a mentor who sees something amazing in you. “It’s a gift”, they say. And you think, maybe, just maybe, all of these people have known what you could not acknowledge. You blink, and you are on the brink of your 40th birthday and many Someone’s who love you finally corner you and say something to the effect of, “When, for the love of all the gifting God has given you, are you going to DO SOMETHING with this?” And you find yourself rubbing the back of your head and thinking, “Surely that 2 x 4 wouldn’t have been quite so painful 20 years ago???”
3) Never underestimate the power of a community of like-minded Dream Chasers! It never ceases to amaze me how powerfully affecting an encouraging word can be. Especially if that word comes from someone who gets your heart. Or from ones who are running alongside you in that same field of dreams, chasing their own kite tails with all of their might. You suddenly find yourself next to one who is stopping to catch her breath; and she lifts you up with one gracious yet unexpected push, for while she is down, maybe she can help you up. Oh, how I thank each one of those friends. They are everywhere. Virtual or in real life, it doesn’t matter. If I can encourage you, may I have that honor? For there are far too many who’ve taken the time to do so for me.
And so, here we are, at the end of this series. But as for me, I’m still at the beginning of this Chasing. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. (If nothing else, that gives me more time to get into shape from all the Chasing, right?!)
Proverbs 16:9 tells us that “we can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” And I’m resting sure in that as I go forward. Oh yes indeedy!
Thank you for joining me on this journey. If you missed any of the other parts in this series, I’ve linked them in the list below. Some of you reading are some of the very encouragers that I mentioned in #3 above. Thank you. A hundred thank-you’s would not be enough.