Words Crush Wednesday – born to dream

“There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

– Nelson Mandela

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We’re born as dreamers.

Preschool children play vet and teacher and chef and doctor without a hint of doubt that it might be so one day.  They dream big dreams and, if asked, will aim for the stars with their ambition.

I’m going to be an astronaut…a basketball player…a fireman…the president.

Nothing is beyond their reach because they’ve not yet been taught limitations.  Adults haven’t had enough time to convince them to blend in, play to their strengths, have a backup plan, accept when it’s good enough.  They dream their biggest dreams because no one has corrupted them with the concept of settling.

We’re all born dreamers.  It’s just that some of us have had our edges worn down over time, so playing small looks like making the responsible choice or accepting that it’s the best you can do.

It’s time to give ourselves permission to thrive in the life we’re capable of living.


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8 thoughts on “Words Crush Wednesday – born to dream

  1. Great quote from a great leader. Some of us don’t stop dreaming. In 6th grade I decided I wanted to be a teacher. Here I am, a teacher. Perhaps they’re more like ambitions or goals than dreams. We all grow to be something. 🙂

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    • It’s always cool to hear about dreams coming true. When I was young I knew I wanted to teach and be a mom, and I’ve made it to both of those. Writing came in my teenage years, and that’s one of those ongoing dreams. I like that I still have things I want to do in my life. 🙂

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