I think we all know that person or persons who constantly regale you with great deeds done…in progress.
They talk about their great novel.
Or breakthrough album.
Or trip to the Amazon.
Or leaving that job they hate so, so much.
But dreamers and doers are often not the same person.
It’s easy to fantasise but realities like mortgages, children and the like often put paid to lofty ambitions.
It’s all right to consciously bid goodbye to dreams and decide you want to prioritise your family or career.
But some people let their thwarted hopes eat them alive. I watched my mother let her bitterness poison her marriage and household. I grew up believing that marriage was nothing more than a stifling cage and my mother the best example of a clipped bird that in anger turned on its own brood.
Forgive yourself for letting some things pass you by.
Forgive the people who you sacrificed your dreams for, whether they be your spouse, children or parents.
The simple truth is that you must live with your choices and that in the end, you have no one but yourself to answer to. Of course the religionists will bring God into the equation but to thine own self, be true as Shakespeare says.
Either wait for the right time to chase your dreams, or be willing to accomodate a little time in your current schedule for them. If you can’t see yourself doing either then let your dreams go. Maybe with a little sadness or wistfulness but own your choices. Life is too short for regrets.