Did you see this? A seventy-three year old woman has scaled Mount Everest. And that's not the only amazing part. It's the second time she's done it.
You can read more about it HERE, but in a nutshell, Tamae Watanabe reached Everest's 29,035 foot high summit from the northern side of the mountain in Tibet on Saturday morning with four other team members. She broke her own world record that she made a decade ago.
To me, this is amazing. And fills me with hope. If this woman, an octogenarian no less, can follow her dreams and scale a mountain, just think what can the rest of us do?
I've followed my dreams for years, and sometimes it's not easy. Sometimes you have to choose between dreams, and that can be even more difficult. For example, one of my dreams has always been to travel the world. But another dream I've had is to have my own home, built with my own hands and decorated with memories.
When Jonathon was offered the job with Cirque du Soleil, we had to choose between those two dreams. It wasn't too hard of a choice, the idea of traveling with the circus was exciting, and knowing we'd be able to see places we'd never seen before was the cherry on top of the dream. Eventually we can still have that dream house, so in actuality that dream was just postponed a bit.
We're not sure how long we'll be with the circus--could be one year, could be ten, so finding our home could take a while. But if a seventy-three year old granny can scale the tallest mountain in the world, I think Jonathon and I can build a house, no matter how old we are.
Dreams are funny things. They give us hope, and more importantly, they can--if given the chance-- change the world. T.E. Lawrence said it well...
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
I love this quote, because when I dream, I want those dreams to make a difference. Whether I write them down in a book for others to enjoy or live them out in my own life, dreaming is such a part of me, I can't imagine a life without dreams in it.
I pity those who don't dream, and even more, I hurt for those who don't believe in them. Dreams are like hope. When you don't have them, you're empty. This is one of my favorite bible verses...
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).
And I believe, if you insert the word dream in certain places in this sentence, you'll see why.
Dreams deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
So share with us. Do you have any dreams you won't let go of? That no matter what happens, you keep on holding them close, knowing that sometime, somehow, you will make them come true. Then I applaud you.
Because as you know, following your dreams to happiness is one thing I believe in 100%.
Until Friday all,