My Wildest Dreams
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~Mary Oliver from Wild Geese
I’m inspired by stories of people who overcome great obstacles to do something remarkable. In Wild Geese, I’m reminded that I can be anything I want. I am limited only by my imagination of what’s possible. This call to fly beyond my current story is both harsh and exciting.
One of my teachers used to say that once we were older than 30, we couldn’t blame our parents for how our life was going. Now, I’m an adult making my own choices and responsible for my life. My tendency is to be very harsh with myself when comparing where I am and where I think I should be, but Mary Oliver isn’t suggesting I load up on guilt and shame. I just need to do the hard work of facing where I am and how I got here with honesty and non-judgmental eyes.
The call to dream big is exciting because there’s no limit to what I can do if I truly want something. And so, I have to ask myself how much I really want something. What are my priorities? How do I balance wanting both time to enjoy family and helping other people? Can I be not only content with the place I’ve chosen but excited by the possibilities of influencing future generations through my grandchildren and having the space to think creatively about each of my students? Mary Oliver reminds me that, yes, I can fulfill my wildest dreams.