To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star …
“The Impossible Dream“. from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972). music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion.
We were young, in love, idealistic and going to live the impossible dream. No hardships, no conflict, no illness, dream children, a dream house, exciting holidays and travel.
We were the bride and groom 32 years ago on the 20th of December 1980.
Now 32 years later I wonder did we live our dream?
The answer is a resounding YES!
Maybe not the dream we envisaged, but the dream God planned for us. Here we are, me with a lot of grey hair, still not visible (due to a good hairdresser), wrinkles to show for the bygone years, a few extra kilograms around the middle, wisdom gained through the good and difficult times, three children, one son in law, three,no four dogs, counting the stray lodger and one cat.
My husband, with less hair and more bald skull, still thin, but beginning to show a middle aged tummy, many wrinkles around his soft blue eyes, slowing down in daily activities but essentially the same person I married 32 years ago!
Now the children have all left home, we are nearing retirement age and we must adjust our dream to out new circumstances .
So here is the new dream according to this bride plus 32 years.
- Re invest time in my relationship with my groom of many years ago.
- Travel, travel, travel!
- Read, read, read.
- Live everyday as if it is my last.
- Re build and strenghten friendships and family relationships.
- Learn new skills, photography, painting, gardening maybe a cooking course ( no sewing though!)
- Search for and find a smaller home (If I can convince my husband )
- Learn to manage and invest finances wisely.
- Have fun with grandchildren to be.
- Be wise and a rolemodel for my children,
- Cultivate a soft spirit and strengthen my relationship with God so that when the day comes that I have to meet Him I will do so gladly.
Mainly I think, no I know we must never stop dreaming the impossible dream for what would life be without a dream?