“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.
“When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– Lewis Carroll
Almost fifteen years ago, I finished a crazy idea of getting a big old doctorate in mythology, and then got another one off the ground with the birth of a family resource center in my community. And then I decided I was bored. So I invited (okay, dragged and browbeat and lured) my husband to leave a cushy world in Southern California to the next crazy idea: finding a piece of history in the Catskills that we could dream into a new life as a place for imagination and possibility.
And I realized, more than anything, I love chasing crazy ideas. Going after them is about courage. And tenacity. And stubbornness. And wildness. And not agreeing to what the world tells us is impossible.
So as we talk together, you and me, and all of the friends (real and imagined) who may show up for the ride, I want to invite you to think about your wild and wondrous idea.
You know the one… The one that sits curled in your belly, the big dream, the soul desire, the thing that you’d do if you could do anything, but the world has convinced you that is too crazy. Too audacious. Too idealistic.
That one. The impossible one. That’s the one we’re going to make happen. This is about bringing that adored, fragile idea that you’ve been afraid to tell anyone about to life.
Too many of us wake up one morning and discover that we’re somehow living alongside our lives. We’re doing our best, busy with all of the stuff that we’ve taken on – responsibilities and loves – but we’ve ended up missing that one thing that brings our genius into the world. We get convinced that somehow we’re not worthy of going after our soul dream. That it’s greedy to want more. That we should be content if things are pretty okay.
Well, that’s just not true.
Going after what you want, that big, wild idea that gives you the most juice is exactly what the world needs. It’s the opposite of selfishness. How different would the world have been had Mozart decided that he couldn’t dare to make music? Or if Ghandi had decided that peace and justice in India was bigger than he was? Or if that teacher who lit your fire as a kid decided that she didn’t know enough to try to inspire her students?
The world desperately needs us to have the guts to bring our magic to life. Take a second and think about the people you most admire. Do you know what they have in common? They all had the audacity to go after what they were dreaming. Their crazy idea. Their own genius. However big or small that is.
Why shouldn’t you?
Welcome. It’s going to be a wild ride. I’m so glad you’re here.
(Want to share a wild idea you’ve been loving on? Drop a post in the comments!)