So you dream a dream. You imagine how it feels when it happens. It happens. And it’s not what you expected. What happened? The reality that emerges is even better. A dream turns into reality and becomes a heartfelt, meaningful, life changing experience. The dream fills and expands.
The journey changes. The dynamics change. The players change.
A dream should only be an outline. It shouldn’t be the whole story.
Here’s the thing about dreams and making them come true. A dream should be a goal you set for yourself, something you can feel. It’s that feeling you focus on. The one you will have when you achieve that dream. Now be serious, though. A dream like “When I win the lotto I will blah, blah, blah” or “When I’m rich I will live in Europe”. Those aren’t dreams, they're fantasies. If you wait for those dreams to come true, then you may just be waiting forever. But a dream like “I want to travel to Italy” is a dream you can achieve. Now you might not have any money, you might not even have a job at the moment. I don’t know the path you will take to get there, but I do know that if you focus on that feeling, if you read about it, research it like you are going, check out the accommodation you would stay in and so on, so on and so on, then you will have a much better chance of achieving that dream.
Dreams do come true
I once expressed to a friend that I would like to travel to Europe. She said, “How are you going to do that?” I didn’t know and at that time. I didn’t care. All I knew is that I wanted to go and I dreamt about it. I didn’t have the money, and at that time things were tight. But I went to Italy, and five other countries in Europe not five years later. And no not because I won the lotto, or became rich, but because I chose and prioritised and dreamt and felt and worked hard and planned.
Two are better than One
So the dream of bringing a group of ladies to Italy transformed, as dreams have a tendency to do, into a Painting in Italy Trip led by myself and artist, Kathy Karas.
Kathy is a highly successful artist with over 25 years experience. She paints in oil, acrylic and watercolour. Her style can be described as “modern impressionist”.
I particularly love Kathy’s watercolour paintings which have a beautiful loose, soft style about them. They are just gorgeous.
As much as I know a dream should not have a firm plan and an assumed outcome, it happens. I am after all an organiser and planner. But I do try to live by the mantra “over-prepare and then go with the flow”. I know to let things run, just like a watercolour, sometimes the colours run and create an unexpected, exciting element with a stunning outcome. I like that analogy.
Life should be like a watercolour painting – plan it out, paint away and then see where the unexpected magic appears.
I am writing this post sitting on a stone wall overlooking the countryside below the town of Cortona. To my left are homes and villas nestled on the hillside, a sea of terracotta roofs. A Tuscan way of life lived on the side of this hill. A place that has been occupied since before the 6th Century BC even before Etruscan times.
The birds are chirping, the residents and tourists mingle and life rambles along at a leisurely pace. Life here is all about living. At night locals gather in and around the Piazza socialising and chatting before heading home for dinner. On our way back to the villa we are often greeted by music from the café bars we pass where locals gather in doorways and laneways enjoying each other’s company, smoking cigarettes and enjoying glasses of wine.
I don’t know what life is like here for the locals, but it certainly looks like a life well lived. Life here is for living, and while I am here I plan to do just that!
In the mornings I drink an espresso at the café bar down in one go. Ahhhh. This has been an enjoyable habit to adopt.
And then there are the ladies.
An experience getting to know each one. The tentative conversations are turning into shared experiences, and the walls are coming down. The laughter has begun, and the sharing of stories and lives unfolds.
I am the organiser, but when I put my responsibilities to the side for a while, I become one of them.
And I am in total awe of Kathy. A quiet, generous, warm, kind and patient lady with an immense talent. Her paintings are capturing our journey. Her guidance is helping our group to achieve theirs. No souvenir will mean more.
And I am finding that she is the perfect travelling companion. I realise that our joint venture on this project has allowed our individual dreams to come true - together.
I can’t imagine doing this without her.
This trip has brought a group of people together not only in their shared love of art but together in their dreams of travelling to Italy coming true.
And it is such a gift to be a part of that. And I’m proud because I did this.
So dream those dreams and make them huge. They really can come true.
I would love to hear what your travel dreams are. Where does your heart desire to go? Share them in the comments below.