When Your Dream Becomes Your Worst Nightmare
We all have dreams… BIG DREAMS, but what happens when that dream dies or is cut short?
My heart ached today as I watched this clip of Ann Curry’s last day on The Today Show. This was her dream that came to fruition just one year ago. Today it was dashed and surrounded with much speculation that she is to blame for the drop in ratings of the show over the last year.
I don’t know what the real story is behind her dismissal, but all I know is that it must hurt in a big way.
We’ve all been there… the end of a dream.
Maybe your stage wasn’t quite as large as Ann’s but the dream was just as significant for you.
If you’re suffering from the death of a dream today, here’s what I would say to you (and to Ann).
- You are not your dream. While it feels like your whole world, you are more than your dream.
- Don’t let the death of your dream define you. Don’t let perceived failure crush you. You are stronger. You are still extraordinarily gifted. Don’t let this moment in time stop you from continuing to be all that you are called to be.
- Own what you can. What can you learn? How can you grow from this? Let this be a stepping stone to something greater.
- Go ahead and cry. You need to mourn and let yourself wrestle with the emotions. It’s okay.
- Breathe deep and surround yourself with the people who love you dearly and unconditionally. This is a moment to remember what matter’s most. Your dreams will come and go but remember what really gives you life.
How have you survived the death of a dream?