How often do adults look at children and think “Wow, things were so much simpler then.” It is so easy for children to imagine that they can do anything they want, but somewhere along the way, those dreams get lost. We grow up, gain an attitude, think we are invincible and enter the ‘real world’ thinking they will work anywhere to make a living. Before we know it, five, ten, fifteen years have gone by and you go home to the same house complaining about your job.
The key to happiness as pointed out in an article by a woman who took the challenge to look to her past and realize the dreams she left there and to try to achieve some of them. Glynnis Witwer is a church-going woman and it was during a sermon that she realized how much she wanted to achieve some of the dreams she had wanted as a child.
Witwer confirms that it is a scary and daunting notion to make changes to your life and it is natural to be reluctant. After that sermon she remembered her love to sing and pictured her younger self, hairbrush in hand singing the great classics, but she did nothing.
Several years later her pastor made a call to action that Witwer couldn’t ignore. She addressed the rest of the community through her article, because often the key to be happy is to look toward our happier, younger selves.
Her belief is reinforced in another article that shows 100 ways to reinvent your life. Step 28 agrees that even if it isn’t the exact same as your dream, but is only a piece of it, it is still important to your happiness.
“Maybe your dream was to adopt a child or go on a mission trip. Maybe it was to open your home to neighbors or lead teens at church. At the time your dream seemed too big or came with too many barriers. Now it’s a hazy memory.”
It is important to not only find your passion, as was the first step demonstrated in this blog, but to remember what made you happy and work toward it.
Step Six: Look to your younger self