I was driving along Pacific Coast Highway the other day on my way to meet a client, when I realized that I had carried the dream of this drive in my soul my whole life.
In that moment I understood that our true desires are not shallow fantasies or pipe-dreams, but solid and lasting entities – and that fulfilling them brings ultimate joy.
I remembered that as a kid I had taken great pleasure in collecting images of sun-drenched coastlines, golden palm trees, and blue skies. The certainty that somewhere in the world that place existed made me deeply happy. It even had a name: California.
I glued the pictures on pages that I kept in a green folder. Looking at them gave me a surge of excitement and a sense of anticipation. Some day I would go there.
It took me many years to fulfill that promise. Growing older, I convinced myself that living in California had only been a childhood dream. Who didn’t want to live in the Golden State? It sounded too much like a cliché and visiting wasn’t high on my list of priorities. What I didn’t expect was for living in Southern California to fill me with such joy and satisfaction.
Every time I drive along the beautiful coastline, I get ecstatically happy. It’s not the fleeting pleasure of a novel experience, but a deep and lasting sensation. The same is true when I wake up to sunny skies every morning. I can’t get enough of it. It nourishes my soul and makes me feel complete.
As a kid I already knew this.
The same is true for you. Every one of your dreams exists within you. Materializing them in the world is the ultimate adventure.
What are your dreams? What are some of the things you always wanted to do but haven’t? Share them with us in the comment section below and you might just bring them to life.
As always, thank you for reading.
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