Family, education, career, prosperity and back to the family; when we determine the cornerstones of our lives, we don’t choose randomly; rather we begin with a clear vision of how we want our lives to be. When we are young, we dream of the impossible, with no thought of how those dreams will come about, or what obstacles lie in our path. As life goes on, and our lives fill with the many responsibilities of adulthood, we see the dreams of our youth more realistically, and a defeatist attitude starts to creep in. However, we need not allow our doubt to limit our dreams. Stop and take a few minutes each day to recall the innocence of youth where thoughts are allowed to roam free, anything is possible, no idea is too crazy, and no project too big to accomplish. The most difficult limits to realizing our dreams are the ones we put on ourselves.
I grew up in a middle-class family where I learned early on that work never stops. My mother taught me not to procrastinate my chores to the next day, because additional tasks and challenges already awaited me. While there was always much work to be done, I began to dream of having a home big enough to house many generations of my family at once. The size of the house was not my focus, but the cohesion of the family, and the almost endless support of the people I loved. It took 15 years and countless hours of hard work to see my dream of a 6000-sf house, not to mention with 12 bathrooms, come true! Now, I am grateful to live together with my wife, children, parents and siblings in the home I dreamt of as a young boy.
Seeing my dream come to fruition was not easy, and many times I felt overwhelmed by the realities of life. Still, I believed my dream could become a reality, and this helped me to find ways to overcome the inevitable obstacles. I didn’t allow negative thoughts of “The Impossible” to stop me. My dream home is physical proof that we should not limit our dreams but hold on to them fiercely. So, break up the rules of your reality, roll up your sleeves, and get it done. Live your dream!
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