Learning to fly

Kites rise highest against the wind.

Right now, in this moment, what is one thing you hope to accomplish? I don’t mean winning the lottery, or some other effortless, chance-laden fortune. Consider something that would make proud to have accomplished it.

  • Write a book? Create a movie? Start a business?
  • What do you think your chances are of succeeding?
  • Why?

Most people do not bring into reality their biggest dreams. Things like fear of what people would say or think can hold us back. Sometimes we don’t have time, don’t know where to start or who to ask. Often if we give voice to that dreams or idea, some people around are all too quick to fire upon our ideas. So we don’t make the effort.

It’s plenty difficult for us to believe that we have what it takes to accomplish a goal. The first time we hit a bump or it doesn’t go as we hoped, we may want to quit. In the back of our minds, we might think successful people have it easier than us.

But, can you imagine for a moment, what it would be like if you succeeded? What would it feel like to hold your first book in your hands? To smell the pages, see your name on the cover?

Imagine seeing people sitting before a screen watching a movie you developed.  Or, having started a new business, imagine how excited you will be with that first sale.

You can do it. Imagine it. Imagine the next step. Whatever that spark is that you’ve let languish in the shadows of your mind, maybe it’s time to pull out all the stops and see what happens. I picture new ideas like the kites of my youth. I put them together, tie the tail on and make sure to secure the string.  I go outside and I start running to see how high the kite will go. My dad took me to a park with a very high hill and the wind there took my kite. The kite went higher and higher until I was at the end of my string.

What I remembered was how much I wanted to fly a kite again after that. I took it to my aunt’s house one day. I ran all over her yard trying to work up enough wind to take my kite up. But the yard was peppered with trees and utility lines, a less than ideal environment. I wanted to go back to that high hill, with even more string, and see how high that kite would fly.

Dream big. Dream about what it would be like to accomplish that goal. There’s a reason why it’s in your heart. It might not yet be the perfect environment, but at least put the kite together, then maybe you’ll find that high hill, too.

 

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2 thoughts on “Learning to fly

  1. I wanna run. I want to run a mile without slowing to a walk. I want to be that old lady who keeps going til she jogs across that finish line. I want to be the one younger women see and think, “that’s who I want to be like.”

    1. Oh my gosh that made me smile! You can do it!! What will it take? Find a way to build that into your day. Every bit of progress is helping you reach your goal. Always keep that clearly in front of you whether a note on the mirror in the morning, your car visor or a plaque on the wall. Something that spurs you on. Decide what your minimum is and try never to go below it. When writing I always tell myself, just freewrite for 10 minutes then you can stop. And then I just keep going, and so will you.

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