Time to come clean

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By JE Bolton

Shakespeare quoted in his play, “Hamlet”: “To thine own self be true.” This week, I think we can all relate to this one, especially myself.

Yes, there’s always been something that I’ve kept hidden from the world, except from a select few. It’s something that as soon as I step out and fully embrace, I can really become myself and feel the utmost freedom, unlike any other.

That’s right, I’m talking about…my passion for wanting to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

I think that would be such an ideal thing; to have the privilege to ride on one of those motor-powered marvels and drive down the country with the wind in…well…I was going to say my hair, but I‘ll have to say, my face and take in all the beauty and majesty that God Himself has to smile down upon and marvel in the wonderful job He created.

So, now, I’ve got three dreams: going to Ireland, have a successful writing career, and riding a Harley.

Now, you’re probably thinking about your own dreams; all those alter-egos we have in place of skeletons in the closet. These aren’t just any old dreams and goals; these are things that others would think were just plain crazy for us to dream such things.

Let me assure you, dear readers, there’s no such thing as crazy dreams. The only thing crazy is not pursuing the dream. In fact, my mom’s shared with me a dream of her own that’s off and running, and trust me: she’s had her share of people who’ve frowned upon it or have simply shook their head and told her it’s been done before.

When she told me their reaction to her own dream-turned-reality, I simply told her that it’s her life. When all’s said and done, the only two people any of us have to answer to are our own self and God. Think about it: if you listened to the discouraging words of others and did exactly what they wanted you to do, wouldn’t life be boring?

If you have a dream that others might think is a little out there, there’s a book I encourage you to read. It’s called, “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson. I don’t usually recommend anything in this fashion; but if you have a dream or goal you wish to accomplish in life, this book will change your life and help you to keep your focus.

To sum up: dream big, my fellow dreamers! Always remember: you may get discouraged along the way, but that it’s got nothing to do with you. It’s because you pulled an ordinary out of his or her comfort zone and they’ll have to realize that dreams really do come true.