Big Dreams, Big Life


by Cari Schaeffer

What do you want to be when you grow up? We were all asked this question as children. Some typical answers from five to ten year olds are: astronaut, ballerina, princess, and brain surgeon.

Those are pretty big dreams from such little people.

Our dreams become smaller as we get bigger. Adults narrow their dreams to more “realistic” options. By the time a person reaches the age of twenty, they have either been told, or come to realize themselves, that they cannot become an astronaut, a ballerina, a princess, or a brain surgeon. Those dreams are reserved for a very select few to achieve.

Are they? I wonder…

I still have big dreams in life. I have been told many times by many people that I am overly ambitious. I can live with that. In fact, I can LIVE with that. When anyone tells me I can’t do something, it stirs a deep desire within to prove them wrong.

Here’s what I have done, so far… I have been happily married for twenty five years (and counting) and am raising three children – one of which has already flown the coop and launched her life. In the midst of this, I have (proudly) worn the uniform of the United States Air Force, graduated from a university with honors to work as a Critical Care Registered Nurse, became a chef and owned my own Personal Chef and Catering company, and now I write novels.

Is this all I will do with my life? Um…NO. My bucket list is long and loud. What’s on yours?

Don’t let the grand dreams of your childhood shrink and shrivel with each passing year. I encourage you to throw off any doubts, fears, and “I can’ts” in your life and go after your dreams! You’ve been blessed with this one, glorious life so you can LIVE it.

You never know – I may still become a ballerina some day. Those pink tutus could really do something for me. I could even become a brain surgeon one day. Who is to say I can’t go to medical school in my fifties? Or even in my sixties? In fact, one physician I had the honor to work with in my time as a Registered Nurse went to medical school in her fifties. She was an amazing doctor – what an inspiration!

Tell me I can’t. Go on, try it. In the mean time, dream some really big dreams for yourself and make them happen.

Writing Prompt: Share some of your dreams with us. The grander the better!