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Friday, May 16, 2014

when dreams come true

This morning I reread the post I wrote just after my husband Paul and I moved into our current apartment.  We've been in our new space for about nine months - on our own for the first time as a married couple - and it felt like a nice time to check in on how things have been going.  

I loved rereading my dreams for our apartment/relationship and seeing that it was still right in line with I wanted. I'm also very happy to say that lots of things I had hoped would happen in this apartment are.  

However -- I thought about writing a different post today.  I was going to write about how I've been struggling with one big dream Paul and I have - the one that involves pitter pattering of little feet.  After revisiting my dreams post, I decided to take another approach to today's reflection.

I'm always surprised when my deepest dreams and desires for myself come to fruition.  It's happened so many times for me, but it's still shocking (in an absolutely wonderful way).  Maybe it's only natural to feel nervous about the future and slightly scared that things won't work out the way you hope.  But over and over (and over!), life just seems to work out.  

Unexpected things certainly come up, both pleasant and difficult, but my life overall arcs towards the deepest things I hope for myself and those I love. 

Waiting, joyfully hoping, and practicing patience helps in expanding my view when things take longer than I expect or when my day to day life seems to be mired in not so dreamy things.  Dirty bathrooms, sticking to a budget, silly fights, dog poop, weeding...these are some of those messy details of life that can sometimes be great in their own way.  Especially when they're mixed with all of life's lovely little details: the quiet nights, the  kisses good morning and good bye, the road trips, the visits, the friend dinners, the small gestures of love.  These all help make my life special.  

When I look back at my life, the little details are what make up the big themes: love, family, great friends, community, happiness, growth.  I realize that I'm living the life of my dreams, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.   

Things work out in in their own time.  And while I'm waiting for future things to work out, I'll be remembering to appreciate all the little details and all the big things that are working out right now.  

Happy Friday!  Hope you all have an excellent weekend!  Check back on Sunday for my new feature: my week in Instagrams.  Thank you for reading today!  Vulnerability and sharing dreams = scary!

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