Unlocking your dreams: Living life to your fullest potential!
In her book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron writes, “I remember sitting in a hotel room twenty years ago with two then-little-known directors, Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was talking about a film he longed to make about the UFO phenomenon. There was scant support for the project and Spielberg was discouraged – although the project itself excited him. What to do? De Palma encouraged him to follow his heart and make that piece of art. That movie became Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
What if Steven Spielberg would have remained discouraged? What if Brian De Palma would not have encouraged him to follow his heart? Going out on a limb, being creative and following your heart can feel impractical and maybe even really scary. So often we hear of people going into their family business, choosing a life path based on their parents’ encouragement or insistence or not following a dream because it seems foolish. However, if we follow someone else’s dream for ourselves or deny a part of ourselves, we may be left feeling empty, depressed, bored or not really fulfilled. We end up ignoring our God given gifts.
Holocaust survivor, Victor Frankl once said, “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” Do you feel you are following your mission in life? What have you thought about wanting to do but you find yourself ignoring it? Is it because you do not feel you have the time, money, courage, support, etc., etc., etc. to do it? Too often people push these questions out of their mind but find themselves feeling unfulfilled with life.
Often there are underlying issues which keep people from being able to live life to their fullest. Fear can stop people in their tracks. Maybe they are afraid people will reject or laugh at their idea or even worse reject or laugh at them. It can be very beneficial to talk to someone to sort through these roadblocks.
If you are struggling with unanswered questions, doubts, or insecurities regarding a new direction your life should take, therapy can be the answer to your search for support. Contact Healing Hidden Hurts at 888.349.1116 to schedule your first appointment.
Cameron, J. (1992). The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. New York, NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.