Many times I dream, but more often than not I forget them the minute I wake up. Once in awhile there is a dream that lingers in my brain and simply cries out to be brought into the light of day. I just had one of those dreams.
It Takes Place In a Storage Facility
I was walking by these storage units. Each was open and people seemed to be selling their wares. I was a visitor walking past so many vendors. I ran into an old friend. She and I had been great friends years ago. She was displaying her baskets. I remember how much she loved making her baskets. We hugged and she simply said, “I decided it was time to share these.” We didn’t talk about the years that had passed without even a word between us. We just simply enjoyed the moment. Then we saw another man wonder by; another visitor like me. He looked depressed, walking slowly and reflectively, and he looked especially old at that moment. He smiled when he saw both of us. It turns out that we knew him. We shared the moment and then separated. I continued walking past vendor after vendor, lingering on thoughts of these past friends.
And Then I Realize That No One Is Selling Their Wares
I happen onto a heated discussion between a vendor and a passerby. The passerby wanted to try a piece of the vendor’s prized carrot cake. It seemed to make the vendor angry. Why wasn’t he pleased? It was then, I think, that I actually realized that no one was selling anything. These were displays! People were displaying the things they loved the most!
They Were Sharing Their Dreams
Then it dawned on me: that’s why my friend was sad. He seemed to have nothing of significance to share. I remember him as a very smart man, full of passion for his job, working long past normal work hours and long past his formal retirement date. But, when he finally stopped going to work, his dream ended. This job that had consumed his life left him with a huge hole. Now, here he was walking past person after person who seemed to have realized other dreams; dreams that didn’t earn money, that weren’t “jobs”. They were passions outside of work.
The Storage Unit
This location; this storage facility, today, was bursting with excitement. Dreams had been brought out of storage. Dreams were being celebrated by their owners. Those dreams weren’t big deals to anyone, maybe, other than the dreamers. “I make baskets.” “I make really good carrot cake.” Dreams, so many dreams, brought out of storage to celebrate and share on this day. So many dreams are left in storage while we work on the things that we think will make us important. For my friend, his job was his dreams. Now it left him sad and empty. My other friend seemed content. She’d had a good job too but she had moved on. She was content with her projects. They were her projects, after all. Like them or don’t like them: she didn’t care. Yet, she was thrilled to share them on this day.
So Why Am I In This Dream?
While I was dreaming, my thought was that this might be a great place to try to sell my nature photos; the objects of my current pastime. But when I realized that no one was really selling, I woke up.
I was puzzled and needed to continue to ponder this dream. I felt bad for my sad friend. It was his sadness that had me thinking…My work had been my passion too. When I left, I felt that same hole. Did he represent me? Or did the other friend represent me? Was I walking past the vendors because I have yet to accomplish my dream? Will I someday regret letting life pass me by and not finding my life dream? The thing was, I didn’t feel sad. Other people’s sites left me inspired. What is it that I’m doing that fills me with joy; that thing that I do for no pay and it would be something I would never sell? I wanted to figure this out.
And Then I Did!
I have the opportunity to spend beautiful time with four little people. I gladly do it for no pay. My grandchildren make my heart sing. Fighting fires with my four year old grandson or racing Hot Wheel cars up and around his Super Ultimate Garage, listening to my two year old granddaughter burst into full out sentences, singing songs to the one year old granddaughter and watching her make connections with pictures in books, and now snuggling with my one week old granddaughter. This is the gift that has been given to me. This is the passion that I have found since retiring that fills me with joy. And, I share this joy as often as their parents allow. And there is something that comes from sharing joy. Joy spreads!
What a wonderful dream. What a wonderful time pondering its meaning.
And, wouldn’t it be fun if everyone pondered what their passion is? But it has to be something that you don’t do for money. It has to be something that simply brings you joy.