DARE TO DREAM AGAIN – By Abbey Layeni-Ogunkanmi
When we were young, we dreamt of what we would be ( and do) when we grow up. But as we grow older, we tend to focus more on the past (mistakes we made, opportunities we missed) rather than on the future.
God created us to have dreams and to continually reach for more regardless of our age. He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine ( Ephesians 3:20). This tells us that God wants us to think big.
All over the world, seniors are breaking records and doing incredible things as young people who are less than half their age. Some prefer to travel to places they were not able to visit when they were younger. Like Minoru Saito, a Japanese who became the oldest person to sail solo and non-stop around the world at age 77. Or Gladys Burrill who ran a marathon at 92. She earned the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female to complete a marathon. We all know Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Do you know that the founder, Colonel Sanders, started the business at age 65? He began franchising his chicken business using his $105 monthly Social Security cheque.
Today KFC is well known all over the world.
So, get out of your comfort zone. Dream BIG. The comfort zone is where big dreams die. I read recently in an article that stability shuts off the switch to the brain . In other words, your brain stops learning when you remain in your comfort zone.
I watched a video recently on YouTube where Judge Judy Sheindlin ( Judge Judy of the American Reality Show) was interviewed. This is her advice on how to make it at any age – ” If you didn’t make it in your twenties, you can make it in your thirties. If you didn’t make it in your thirties, you can make it in your forties. If you didn’t make it in your forties, you can make it in your fifties…just remember Grandma Moses. She was a painter and she didn’t start painting until in her eighties. And (she) was one of the most prolific painters. It’s never too late!”
It’s never too late to accomplish your dreams. There’s nothing worse than coming to the end of your life and realising you never lived life to the fullest. Don’t die with your dreams. One of my dreams is to travel around the world. Anyone interested in joining me?