if your dreams don't scare you, who cares?


If you were to go on Pinterest today, I could guarantee that at some point in your pinning and scrolling and wishing for more time, you would stumble on probably my least favourite quote in the entire universe. I don't know who first said it or wrote it or made it up. But if I ever find out you can bet I'll be on my way to their home with a few very choice words for them.

(I'm a scary Canadian. Don't tempt me.)

If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough.

I shuddered as I read that. And yes, to answer your question, I have been told I'm dramatic a time or two. But seriously, it is everywhere:

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And I am here, with my very humble and obviously important opinion, to tell you that I think this is all wrong.

Look, I'm not against dreaming big. I happen to be the type of person who dreams often and dreams huge. Most of my dreams have a very very small possibility. But I love to dream.

I was talking to my friend a few weeks ago. We were talking about dreams, because that's definitely one of my favourite subjects to chat on. She looked at me and said, "I don't know what my dreams are."

"What do you mean?" I asked her.

"Well," she said, "I have dreams. But they're small and quite ordinary. They're not big or important like other people I know."

I couldn't believe how sad I was when I heard her say this. As if the importance of dreams are measured by the scale of probability. I don't think they are. I don't think they should be.

Don't be afraid to dream small or big or somewhere in the middle. They're your dreams, after all.

Maybe you dream about being in a movie, or writing a book, or taking your babies to the farmers market. Maybe you dream of getting married in a huge church with a thousand people, or getting married in your backyard.

I don't care if those dreams scare you or not. Those dreams are brave. I want you to hear that. Your dreams are brave.

So this is my new mantra that perhaps you'll come across Pinterest when you're pinning and scrolling and wishing you had more time:

if your dreams