(This post is the first of a 15-prompt series about finding myself and discovering my true values and long-term goals. . Check out my very first blog post here to see the full list of prompts and follow along, or try it yourself!)
“If you could live your biggest dream, no roadblocks, no holds barred, what would that dream consist of?”
I love the idea of a achieving a dream without roadblocks. When I first started to think about how I would answer this question, I realized that it meant I was free to think in a world beyond money. I am about to finish my sophomore year in college, and just a few weeks ago I suddenly realized the degree I am working towards is not one I’d wish to continue. I still do not know exactly what kind of career I want, but I find peace in the liberty that this prompt grants, my biggest dream beyond any sort of hindrance.
I immediately pictured myself living in a turn-of-the-century beach house, with white wood paneling indoors and sky blue wooden chairs reclined in the sand between stalks of reeds outside the back door.
I also thought of myself standing in a large modern loft apartment, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a flowing metropolis, and a small balcony where I let my devil’s ivy wrap itself around the railings.
In my dream, I would love to have both of these places— the beach house for my summers, the loft for day-to-day. My life in both of these visions would be surprisingly similar. Everything would be painted white or exposed brick, if not for a few pops of decorative color, and the rooted greens from my ivy and split leaf philodendrons. I picture myself waking up with the sun, brewing myself tea from a red stove-top kettle, and taking my dog(s) out to walk and greet the day. I’d love to have time to read books for leisure, and I’d find absolute delight in writing a published work myself. I’d delve into poetry, philosophy, and good-old science fiction, everything it takes to make sense out of the little-understood universe we reside in.
In the springs and summers I’d live off of produce from farmer’s markets, and go paddle boarding in the ocean or bay. In the somewhat colder months, I’d take my car around the country visiting national parks and making adventures. I dream to see myself healthy, active, and one who has overcome depression. With close friends I’d attend concerts large and small, seek bars and restaurants both new and old, and explore new ways to employ my senses every day.
In my dream I also see myself traveling around the world whenever I have the chance. I hope to encounter every type of ecosystem from taiga to tundra, and to experience many cultures both ancient and present. I’d find an additional home within airports. I hope to learn multiple languages and compose poetry in each one. I want to document my travels through photography and video, and keep chronicles of my adventures to share and look back on when I grow old.
I realize that my true unhindered dream is a balance between calm and complex. Often times it would be me against the world, but, also just as often, me surrendering to its precedents. I want to fully immerse myself in all that life has to offer, yet come home to an abode where I can rest and find peace in the simple and ordinary.
Dreams are not always entirely attainable, but they exist for good reason– to explore oneself’s purpose and host ambition and intention. Dreams are not independent of time, and I’m sure mine will transform with age as I do. I’m very glad to have typed out my dream like this so that I may look back on it from the future and compare it to where I end up.
What is your unhindered dream?