Are You Preventing Your Dream From Fear

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As I travel to study my dream of learning glass blowing I realize that this may be the first time I have embarked on a journey with the life experience to back it up.

Years ago I did boot camp and the US Coast Guard.  It was one of my most difficult experiences yet it was a time when I felt like a warrior.  I was young and inexperienced at life.

Now that I am much older and hopefully wiser, what does it mean that I am finding this glassblowing journey equal to my Coast Guard journey?

I learned from my military experience that I am capable.  My hardest journey has been to understand that I am capable.  It makes me think of Marianne Williamson’s, Our Greatest Fear:

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

I don’t know if it’s a mid-life moment, but I feel like my life has become a series of short sprints, pushing as hard as I can for a short time hoping to build stamina.

I’ve pushed myself to give 100% to this dream even though I feel a bit terrified.  It reminds me of a night I spent in a scary Oakland California hotel before leaving for boot camp – I had to be brave even when I didn’t feel like it.

My goal for the week is to continue on this dream of learning glass blowing no matter what comes up, thus fulfilling my first dream goal.

Have you ever let fear get in the way of doing something that you love?

How did you continue on?


(Alyse’s dream was to travel to Tibet and learn a secondary skill of glass blowing.  Alyse accomplished her dream of learning glass blowing in 2009 and left the 8 Women Dream group an accomplished dreamer)

  • Catherine, the writer and motivator

    Just keep swimming … just keep swimming, as Dory says in Finding Nemo.

  • Rose

    You probably know what my answer is going to be to the question you closed your post with, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway. Stare the fear in the eye, tell it to get our of your f-ing way and forge ahead, yo!

  • Hi Alyse,
    Wonderful entry! That quote from Williamson is powerful. I printed it out and I am going to post it for when I need extra inspiration. It’s great that you are taking this journey and are meeting your dream and I am looking forward to meeting you and hearing more about glass blowing. I have allowed fear to get in the way of many important events in my life. I find that the regret that follows is far more greater then the original fear. The hardest part is taking the first step, once in motion everything follows. This blog is a great motivator. Putting out to the world I am going for a dream makes me accountable.