Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Once Upon a Childhood Dream

The process of putting a pen to paper is truly something that makes my heart sing.  In my earliest journal, I once wrote that I love to write stories, but I want a career in helping people.  Maybe I'll be a doctor, a pediatrician or something of that sort.  The date of this entry was the Fourth of July, 1989.  I was fifteen.  Then, on October 3rd, 1989, I wrote that I am going to write a story unlike any story I’ve ever written. It’s going to be a real book.  I have no recollection or thoughts of what that particular story may have been.  But, what my younger self did not realize is that I could help others through my writing—and, the story I would write...it is my own life story. 

Sharing your story is not just about being seen and heard. It is more about creating an experience for others that allows them to feel something...a sense of hope or joy, a thrill or a deep connection.  It may spark their creativity, cause them to laugh, ignite their passion, provide a new perspective or help them to live their own life better. 

I am keenly aware that Life’s mysterious nature has brought me back to a childhood dream of sharing my writing. There were many times I wished I could have gotten to this point without the pain and the heartache.  But, it could not have happened any other way.  It is the pain that has opened me to the process of connecting with my deepest self and setting free the life that is within me.

Some of us have grown beyond our childhood dreams.  Others are still wishing that their dreams could come true.  And, there are many who get lost in what they think that they are supposed to be doing in order to live.  We all at some time or another forget that the point of life is living. 

Remember that you are ever so powerful with the amazing ability to co-create your world.  Don't just dream...live.

"You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I know I'm not the only one." 
-John Lennon


Love to you,
Kathleen O'Malley







2 comments:

Christine S said...

I missed reading your posts these past few days. So happy you are posting again!

The Wakeen Photog Blog said...

I love what you wrote, "Sharing your story is not just about being seen and heard. It is more about creating an experience for others that allows them to feel something...a sense of hope or joy, a thrill or a deep connection. It may spark their creativity, cause them to laugh, ignite their passion, provide a new perspective or help them to live their own life better."

This is how we think of our photography too, and like your writing, it's a passion that we feel 'driven' to accomplish :-) You've described exactly how we want our clients to feel when the see the image of themselves that we've created. Thanks Kathleen! Great piece.

Vickie {Wakeen Photography}