I have picked up a pretty bad habit in recent years; I have become a chronic alarm snoozer. It's almost gotten to an impressive point. On average I snooze my alarm for around 45 minutes to 1 hour every morning. If I know that I need to be up and moving by 7:00 then I will set my alarm for 6:05 and hope for the best. But here's the thing, I wasn't always like this. Like most normal people, when a loud noise goes off and I know it means I should get up, I would get up. I had to work hard to get to where I am now, to be at a place where I could hear that same noise every five minutes for an hour and be seemingly unaffected. It took seasons of strategic planning to push snooze once, then twice until eventually, I arrived at the place I am now. I am not explicitly proud of my chronic snooze ability but today as I was running late for work (because of my chronic snoozing) I realized that what happened with me and my snooze button is happening in other areas of my life too, and I don't like it.
See, there are some things that I have always wanted to do (having a blog was one of them so yay me) and you all know the feeling, when you first get a dream or a vision for something you want to do, maybe it's to start a business or a family or get in shape, or run a race, whatever the dream is, when they first come they feel sort of consuming, you can't ignore it. It's almost like a giant alarm that keeps going off every single day in your heart and mind and soul. It's a wonderful and terrifying feeling. As someone with a lot of dreams, I became frustrated with myself today wondering why so many of them are just that, still dreams. What happened? I used to be consumed and now I am finding myself giving every possible reason to avoid them. Who does that? Chronic snoozers, that's who. I realized that my dreams are not unlike my alarm. At first, they cannot be ignored, they force you to move but if you ignore them enough, eventually you can get to a place where even if they show up every five minutes, you can go on with business as usual and pretend they are not even there. And once you get to that point, it becomes increasingly difficult to get up and actually chase your dreams.
That's where I am. I used to be completely consumed with the things that I wanted to do and the dreams that I had, but it happened, I hesitated. Then I hesitated again and before I knew it, I felt stuck. I have hit snooze so many times on my dreams that when I get the feeling like I should write a book or take a risk, start a business, put myself out there, I stop myself. I tell myself this isn't urgent, I can do it tomorrow and slowly the feeling gets more dull and more dull. The truth is, it's scary to chase your dreams and it is completely nerve wrecking to put yourself out there. But it is so important.
I woke up today and was terrified. If the call to chase my dreams will grow more dull every day that I continue to ignore it then what will happen one day when it's gone? What then?
Friends, please stop hitting snooze on your dreams. Stop pressing pause and stop hesitating. You owe it to yourself to let the wold experience what God has created you to do. I don't care if your dream is to run one mile, go back to school, open a bakery or become the next Oprah.
YOU HAVE THAT DREAM FOR A REASON.
So here's to chasing dreams, here's to waking up when the alarm goes off and here's to putting ourselves out there.