I was recently chatting to an elderly lady at a children’s party, and she was telling me how everything she does is for her children. Then she looked a bit tearful, as she said, “I want them to be able to experience and do things that I am too old to do?”
I immediately asked her “What is that?”
She responded with: “I want them to experience and learn how to play musical instruments!”
I couldn’t help but say: “Why don’t you learn as well with them?” She looked a bit shocked, if not confused and said “I am too old to learn, it’s a silly dream anyway!”
I did not want to let that moment pass, so I said to her:
“You’re not dead yet, so why not learn now, what have you got to lose?”
She teared up and asked: “Do you really think so? I have always dreamt about learning to play a musical instrument, but I sometimes think I am too old to hold on to silly dreams!” I said to her “You are never too young, or too old to dream and to go out see those dreams come alive!”
How many of us believe the lie that we are “too old” to dream, or have any dreams for that matter? Or maybe we may have even forgotten how to dream, or think we are not worthy, or good enough, to have or pursue those little secret, or maybe not so secret, dreams? I know firsthand what it feels like to either put a dream on a shelf and let it collect dust, or to think and believe that I wasn’t worthy enough to have any dreams of the sort! What a silly lie to believe, yet we believe it anyway.
The Dream Weaver
A few years ago I found myself in a season of life where I believed whole heartedly that I would never be able to have dreams or have the confidence or knowledge or skill to see my dreams come into a reality.
I walked around with a very heavy broken heart, as I watched others make their dreams come into reality. If someone would say to me “But, Cass what dreams do you have in your heart, that you would love to see happen in your life?” I would tear up, as I truly believed I was excluded from the “dreaming club!”
Until, one day I found myself at a women’s conference called Colour Conference. The whole conference was aimed at inspiring, encouraging and empowering women to go out and be an unstoppable force within the world. To be a woman who brought light, peace, love, hope into her everyday surroundings. To be a woman who was led by God, and to be bold in who she was called to be.
I had a moment in that conference, where I felt a little whisper say to me deep inside my heart “You were called to dream, and you are worthy of dreaming!” I cried, and I felt like all those years of believing those lies fade away as this new-found truth overwhelmed my heart.
Fast forward a few years to today, this present moment, I find myself dreaming bigger than ever before, and I find myself making wise decisions and taking practical steps to see those dreams come to fruition. I also make it my personal project to encourage others to never stop dreaming big, and to never stop making choices that leads towards those dreams.
My mom who is in her late fifties is retired, yet, now she is finally doing an online course on something she really loves, and guess what? She is loving it! God births and places dreams within our heart regardless of our culture, background, or age.
Take time out to rediscover old or new dreams, or ask God to lay dreams on your heart. You are never too old or too young to work towards making those dreams come to pass!
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