Make your dreams come true
When I think of beautiful childhood dreams I imagine them as stars inside us that warm our souls and prevent us from falling into the routine of everyday life.
They can be so close that we could reach out and touch them, or distant, shining through the hazy corridors of our past.
If we stop remembering them they fade in the strong light of day but if we have a lovely dream and return to it, the dream transforms into a goal.
It can be big and life-changing, or it can be small and easily achieved. I know only one way to achieve what you want; to know exactly what it is and take the first step. Then the second, and the third.
So, I came up with an idea. I conducted a weeklong online marathon on dreams.
I called it A Day of Fulfilling Desires. To my delight, 300 women dreamers joined me.
One of the tasks of the marathon was to remember a childhood dream.
The women were asked to think of something they really wanted to do when they were a child, and try to make it happen today; something that made them deliriously happy and filled them with joy.
I got lots of rapturous images from my marathoners: blowing multicoloured bubbles in the morning sun, running barefoot in the grass with puppies, splashing through silvery puddles, flying with flocks of beautiful birds, whirling and dancing in bright lights and laughter.
All the scenes were times when they were happy, energetic and carefree.
I told people to recreate a scene, something small, something achievable and fun.
Marina wrote: “As a child I was very poor. I dreamt of having beautiful dresses and a birthday party. So today I went and bought the most exquisite dress.
“I took as many red balloons as I could hold on their strings and walked past the school and gave the balloons to the children playing there. I cannot tell you what joy this gave me.”
A time machine exists. One that brings us to the past in memories, where we find the dreams that we carry to the future.
“I know that dreams can come true, otherwise nature would not give us the ability to dream. And, if we yearn for a dream, why not try to make it happen?
Said Lana: “I got up very early and went to a nearby park. I walked barefoot in the grass, feeling the dew on my toes. I got down on my hands and knees and watched little bugs on the dandelions.
“I closely studied the bees on their trips from flower to flower. I listened carefully to the birds singing, and tried to understand their language. I forgot my worries and found a sense of wonder I thought was lost.”
What did I, Nina London, do? I climbed up on the roof of my house and danced in the twilight till I collapsed, gasping for air and gazing at the sliver of moon in a purple sky of stars.
And what is your childhood dream? Do you want to jump from a high rock into the ocean, find all the Easter eggs in the garden, ride your bicycle with no hands? Why not? Why not try to recreate something that seemed the height of bliss to you when you were a child?
Wrote Anna: “It was cloudy and warm. In my backyard is a tree house, long abandoned but sturdy still.
“I climbed up and lay on the floor with my faded book of stories in my hands. I closed my eyes and a soft breeze blew through my hair. I smelled the flowers from the garden and I drifted away. When I woke up, the wind was blowing hard through the branches and the sky was a vivid blue.”
Nina London is a certified wellness and weight-management coach. Her mission is to support and inspire mature women to make positive changes in their body and mind
Share your inspirational stories with her at ninalondon.com