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Childhood Dreams in a Box

Lately I’ve been feeling nostalgic. This past winter, I painted my room, and while going through the task, there was plenty of work to be done. I had to remove everything from the walls (good-bye movie posters), take books off shelves (this was NO insignificant task) and move every piece of furniture into the spare room where most of it still sits packed like sardines. One night in the last week, I was looking through a box attempting to find something and instead of focusing on what I was looking for, I realized something; contained within that box were so many things – things of childhood. Birthday cards, two framed photos, old watches and dozens of glow-in-the-dark stars. While looking through the box, it struck me that by undertaking that task, in some small way it was shedding another piece of my childhood.
Boxed into that small container of square cardboard were so many memories, full of things long past. That time in my life seems somehow, so far away now. Evoking more memories of times when I'd be at my besties (cousins) home and Liz would suggest we start a band or we hung out in the backyard on the trampoline. We are all now adults who are still dreaming, chasing new rainbows but in those teenage talks, we would giggle about the impossibility that in a different life historical figures like Marie Antionette were married at our age or which books we were reading, none of us really had an idea what we wanted to do with our life – we were young and still in school, blissfully happy without fear of what the world could throw at us. Now we are all of an age when we’ll be marrying and are working towards somehow capturing our aspirations, betting against life that we can turn them into reality.  

Daydreams to me are playing dress up or wanting to sit at a café under the Eiffel tower. There is an invisible line dividing reality and something we’ve made up in our minds, it can be a “dangerous” thing if we convince ourselves of something that can’t – or shouldn’t become reality. Pinterest is a prime example of our dreams – a virtual bulletin board it is, one in which we “pin” cool ideas and also, the dreams of our hearts. We’ve all taken snapshots of the things we dream about, only to take those memories out of those corners of our minds when feeling nostalgic to remember what it was about those visions that we were once so passionate about. Was it because more than anything we wanted to become a public figure we wished to copy-cat? Or just because even the idea of a dream seemed that much better than life – a kind of “escape”?

Dreams are good for the soul. We need them. And there is nothing wrong with them. In my experience, the wisest way to experience dreams is by enjoying the idea of them, never giving up on them and then, remembering when it’s time to live the life we are blessed with. To turn our mind to everything we do have in the here and now. Some days what I’d like to achieve seems… impossible. This is not so much because I have notions of something unattainable, rather that I am not pushing myself hard enough to see if it is possible. There is a glaring difference.  

Keep a part of that little girl inside you – never lose it, childhood innocence is so fleeting; ten times more so for many children – for all you hairbrush singers and dreamers, just remember to enjoy today. It may seem far from what you thought you wanted, but it’s precious in its own right.

Aspire to match those dreams – dream hard, but we all need to be reminded to live in the moment also, to be satisfied and happy in this colorful, blessed life we can enjoy. ❤
What are some of your "boxed" dreams?
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  1. haahaha cheer up there are still plenty of us in our late 20s/ early 30s with no immediate prospects of marriage. you say soon you'll be marrying, you might be able to keep your freedom a while longer :)

    1. Oh, never fear, Rachel, I am not one of those girls who frets over having not yet met Prince Charming. I believe there is PLENTY of time left and golly, have I finally met someone who agrees with me on this!? ;)

      For sure I feel like I have a lot left to learn and "enjoy" before marriage. If I met someone tomorrow whom I liked, I wouldn't be opposed to dating him but that being said, I don't feel like I *need* to be married just because everyone around me may be tying the knot. Never have been - I don't like that sense of "desperation"; that frame of mind becomes a warning sign to me. Are girls marrying just for security? Or just for the joy of planning a wedding? It needs to be for all the right reasons.

      In mentioning marriage, I just meant that I know girls who are planning weddings and these are girls I grew up with. It's just weird to think we've come this far - ten years ago we couldn't imagine the days when we'd become "adults" and be thinking about marriage because truth be known, we thought we were "grown up" in many ways. How wrong we were. ;)

  2. Such a lovely post, Rissi. :)

    Nine xxx <3

    1. Thanks for reading it, Nine! I appreciate that muchly. :)

  3. I love this so so much.
    ♥ ♥ ♥

    1. Hey, Brooke - thank you for dropping by and reading. You've no idea how much I appreciate that. :)

  4. This is fabulous and poignant, Rissi. I'm a big believer in outrageous anyone who knows me can attest to. But there is also something beautiful about finding that balance of living in the present and loving life as it is right now while also living with hopeful expectation of what's to come.

    1. I'm a big believer in outrageous anyone who knows me can attest to. But there is also something beautiful about finding that balance of living in the present and loving life as it is right now while also living with hopeful expectation of what's to come.

      How poignant and well said this^ is, Melissa! Thanks for sharing that - I love how you put that and summed up your thoughts. Sometimes life becomes "difficult" and I think in that frame of mind we forget all of the blessings we do have and living in the present seems less "good" or happy despite it being our reality as we "lose" ourselves in what we once dreamed could be real. Sometimes dreams are just beyond our reach.

      Appreciate your wise insight and lovely comments - always, Melissa. :)

  5. A lovely post. Daydreaming can be so pleasant, and yet so dangerous. It can make me so focused and so unhappy about what I do not have that I forget what I do have. How the little beauties that God has given me can be lost in my hopeful thoughts. Sure, reality is not me being the most loved person in the world, and it's not getting everything I want, but I don't really need those things. I may not be what I am in my dreams, but I am loved, and that is much to be thankful for.


    1. Hey, Grace, thank you for reading this and for your lovely comment. I really appreciate it and enjoy getting others perspectives.

      Daydreaming is fun and I have nothing against it - goodness, I am certainly an offender of it myself. That being said I agree, there is a danger to it if carried to far - if we convince ourselves it can be "reality."

      Your last line is true. Well said.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Angelica! That means a lot - I appreciate you reading my ramblings. :)

  7. ^^Told you Angelica was awesome. :) Anyway, yes, it was indeed a delightful post. Most enjoyable -- you did a wonderful job, Rissi!

    1. Never doubted she was, Charity. :)

      Thank *you* for reading also. Appreciate that!

  8. Great post, Rissi! Definitely appreciate all you said. You always seem to have a way with words. A way that strips through all the glamor and goes straight to my heart. :)

    Dreams. They are a wonderful thing indeed! I've had many through the years just like you. And they've definitely changed the older I've gotten. Maybe it was hitting 30, but something struck me about myself the last couple years. I have these ideas of what I'd like to do and where I'd like to be, but so often (entirely too often!) I let my fear get in the way. 11 years ago, it was a big adventure and nothing to be worried about when I decided to move 3000 miles from my family. Now though? If I were to try the same thing? Oh my goodness, that's scary! And I also find even small change can cause a little voice of fear to pop up in my head. My point is, fear has become more of feature in my life as I've gotten older. A feature I'd really like to get rid of. But dreams? I don't want rid of those! So I need to find the balance between having dreams and reaching out to grab them when the time is right and leaving fear far behind! :)

    Guess I kinda got away from the point of your post, didn't I? :/

    1. I think just living life kind of "scares" us, Kara and as a result, the older we get, the more daunting changes are. (If that makes any sense!) For example, my cousin (she's 22) is very nonchalant about going off to school and leaving home. She thinks all she needs is a backpack full of necessities and she'll be set. Much as I love her, she's wrong. There is more involved than just getting in the car and... leaving. Me, I love little changes (a new haircut, new décor) but like you, big ones terrify me. This is where it's fun to dream. Plus there is no fear involved, right!? ;)

      I like how you related your comment to this post - and you didn't get away from the topic AT ALL! Very nicely put, Kara.

      Thanks for reading.

  9. I went through this when we did our move last year. Oh, the memories. For the longest time I wanted to be a music artist. lol My, how things change!

    May I join you under the Eiffel tower? Sounds magical. :D

    1. That's right! Totally forgot you moved last year - it is quite the process isn't it, Rosie!? Most of my belongings are still stuffed into that spare room and yeah, it's overwhelming. Needless to say, I need to get to it.

      When I was young, I wanted to be a figure skater (go figure since I have never worn a pair of skates!) and I loved to sing so I likely wouldn't have minded being a music artist either. Oh, the innocence of childhood. :)

      Absolutely! Let's plan a trip. :)

  10. Wonderful post!

    I have such a hard time finding that perfect balance between dreaming and being content in the present. I keep thinking, "If only I had/did this, life would be easier". Those little moments get away all too quickly, and I wish I'd treasured them more.

    I completely agree, though! Everyone should keep a part of that little girl inside them!! :)

    1. Hey, Bluerose - thank you for reading and stopping by! Appreciate that. :)

      There is a balance to it. I haven't found it yet but I know that we do too often forget to love the blessings we do have. It's all a learning process and sadly (as you say), life travels by at an alarming rate. That is part of the reason we do "let go" of those treasured moments or forget them in the puzzle of life. So long as we keep progressing and learning, it's worth it. :)

      It's fun to remember childhood and that sense of nostalgia. :)

  11. Beautiful post Rissi. I was thinking about pretty much the same thing the other day. What fun dreams are, and what sparkle and beauty they add to life. :) Thanks for being such a faithful reader to such an unfaithful reader! Love your blog always! :)

    1. Thank you for reading, Micah! Dreams are fun. I appreciate your comment(s) and all your lovely support. Means a lot. :)

      Dreams are the spontaneity of life. And yes, dreams sparkle! It's always good to hold on to them because of that.

      Hey, I don't consider you unfaithful - every comment you leave I enjoy reading and am delighted to see your smiling face more often in this world. Welcome back!


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