If not all your dreams, what if one or two of your most cherished dreams came true? Some people only think as far into the future as that point. They know what their struggle, anticipation or desire is aimed at, what they want to achieve, but they often fail to imagine what comes next, after the dream comes true. People whose dreams have come true know that this is the beginning, not the end.
The fact is that you’re going to need another dream. Perhaps a dream that builds on the foundation of the first one, or perhaps it’s a new one entirely. When your dreams come true, that isn’t the terminus point of your timeline. It’s just a wonderful, happy, joyful milestone on your journey.
It’s important to savour the moment your dream comes true and to appreciate it. Be grateful. It can be emotionally draining, though, as the relief of reaching the end falls upon you and as you look back at all the sacrifices and suffering that may have accompanied your reaching this point. Sometimes, you succumb to sudden feelings of emotional and physical exhaustion. It’s also sometimes very difficult to switch gears and fully appreciate that things are different now. It takes time to get used to “better”. You got to where you were going. There is no need to act the same ways anymore. They won’t necessarily serve your purpose, which has now changed.
When your dreams come true, it’s a time to rethink and renew. It’s a change that can be every bit as sudden and crisis-inducing as other less expected changes. Believe it or not, it might feel the same, from a stress and loss of comfort-zone point of view, as losing your job or getting divorced, albeit with a background of quite good fortune underlying it. Where to next? Can you make something of what you learned along the way to get to your next goal? Can you build upon this foundation? Is there continuity to your dreams? Is the next dream simply one you never dared to dream, when you hadn’t even achieved your first dream?
People that were brothers and sisters in your previous struggle may see you differently now, especially if your ship has come in, but they’re still waiting for theirs. Alliances and common purpose can suddenly shift. How do you handle this upheaval? Hopefully you handle it with understanding and good grace. Generosity is also important.
My view is perhaps idiosyncratic, but in life you get dealt blows and you get dealt pieces of amazing good fortune. They’re the same imposters in disguise. Each one of them shapes you, challenges you and makes you dig into your inner self to discover more about what makes you who you are, testing your mettle. Each one leaves an imprint and teaches you something. The only strategy that works is to recognise the moment, be grateful for it, but move on. You may be surprised at the wonderful things that may still happen to you, even though you thought that reaching this point was the be all and end all. Dream another dream. The best is yet to come.