“What do you want to do with your degree?”

I paused. The woman volunteering to help me teach Sunday School was trying to move the conversation along, so I answered honestly.

“I think it would be cool to work in film and television one day, or… ”

“Awe, that’s cute, sweetie. I remember my first dream job.”

I didn’t know how to respond, but my facial expressions were probably a little too sassy to be standing in a church.

Have you experienced this? If so, then you and I apparently missed something in Adulthood 101. There’s a socially acceptable limit to how dreamy your ten year plan sounds. I’m still not sure where the line between, “ambitious” and “dreamy” lies, and maybe that’s because society use to tell us, “You can do anything you put your mind to”. God forbid those words be uttered to anyone over the age of eighteen.

When you get a chance, check out the definitions for, “dream”. Every entry describes something intangible. Maybe your dream career sounds a little too dreamy. Maybe you fell in love with work that, when declared, often receives a patronizing response.

Remember this, God didn’t create your ability to dream to ensure they all stay hypothetical. You begin creating tangible dreams when you begin making plans.

Of course, there’s no guarantee we’ll acquire the jobs we currently label as dreams, but there’s no point in dwelling on, “what if’s” when we don’t try to make them a reality. Have dreams, make plans, and get stuff done, all while resting in your identity as a child of God.

So yes, friend, you are allowed to dream. Just make sure your dreams don’t stay bottled up in your head. For lack of a better phrase, let them be unbound.

“Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” – Wendy Wasserstein

Meet Carla

Carla’s passion is encouraging love, faith, and joy in others through visual, written, and personal communication. She enrolled in Unbound in September 2013 and is pursuing a BA in Communications through Thomas Edison State University.