There is a conversation in Alice in Wonderland that I really like. Alice is talking to the Cheshire Cat. Alice says
`Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
It seems to me that I have spent too much of my life like Alice, wandering around without knowing or caring where I am going to end up. I walk a long way and work really hard, but without a destination point in mind, without a focus, I never reach a goal. At various points in my life, this aimlessness has bothered me. I want to accomplish something with my life, but without knowing what that something is, I just make half-hearted attempts in several directions.
In a way, this lack of direction is comforting because it is easy.
`–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
`Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.'”
I can take some comfort from the Cheshire Cat’s wisdom. No matter which direction I travel, I will get somewhere if I walk long enough. Still, I have come to a point in my life where I have a need to chart my course, name my direction, make a choice. I am no longer satisfied with aimlessness. I am no longer content to just wander. I want to pick a destination and do my best to get there.
I think this is why I find the idea of dreaming so exciting. My List of 50 Things I want to do before my birthday prepared me for dreaming and opened my mind to possibilities. I am ready to take the next step suggested by Matthew Kelly (Dream Manager). I am going to list 100 dreams that I have for my future. As he suggests, some will be simple and some will be extravagant. Some will be achievable and some will be impossible. Once I have written them down, I will be able to set some goals and start working toward making one or two of my dream come true. I will have a direction. Unlike Alice, I will care where I am going. I will not be heading toward a nameless somewhere. Instead, I will know that I am walking toward a future full of dreams come true.