Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dream a Little Dream


Do you know what?   
Dreams can come true.  I feel like I am a walking, breathing, writing example of this.  I’ve had to pinch myself over and over this past year, in awe of the things that are happening in my life.  Even with deadlines draped over my shoulders like lead weights, and with so much to do before my first book debuts next month (holy cow, NEXT MONTH!), the joy of doing the thing that I love most—of being a writer—never leaves me.
Last July, when the auction was going on, I was alone in my house, coming out of my skin with joy, excitement, incredulity, disbelief—you name it, I was feeling it.  When the dust finally settled, I could do little more than sit back in wonder at the glorious transformation of aspiring writer to Big Six published author.
With my husband out of town for the week, and under strict orders from my agent not to spill the news just yet, I treated myself to a quiet celebratory dinner at the neighborhood grill, basking in the joy that wrapped around me like a warm blanket.
That evening, the burning, 3-digit heat of earlier gave way to a swift summer storm, and when I left the restaurant, all that remained were gentle, warm breezes and soft, diffused light. As I drove home, I was struck by the utter perfection of the moment.  This was my moment.  This was that unforgettable, joyous instant in time when all things came together in a way so absolutely right, I felt as though I’d achieved the very pinnacle of true happiness. I knew that this was a once in a lifetime sort of moment, and I wanted to seize it.
I was moved to pull out my phone, and record the moment so that I could always have it, I could always look back and remember a single space of time when my dreams had come true.  I’m bare of make-up, naked of emotion, and absolutely real in this video.  It was never meant to be shared, but as I celebrate the impending release of the product of this moment, I thought. . . why not? Why not reveal what such a thing feels like; why not offer it up as inspiration for those still seeking their dreams?   
Never stop seeking, my friends. Because I can tell you with assurance, dreams can come true...



Have your dreams come true? Tell me about your perfect moment! And if not yet, what would be your dream-come-true moment?

15 comments:

  1. Awesome! That made me tear up a little bit. Your joy and gratitude shone through.

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    1. Thank you JanetLee - I'm so glad you enjoyed sharing the moment with me :) It was hard to put the au naturale me out there!

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  2. I thought you looked gorgeous. And that moment was about the pure, naked emotions you were feeling. Your joy was your make up.

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  3. Beautiful and inspiring. Can't wait to be able to buy your book.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy :) I'm looking forward to the day that I can say the same to you!

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  4. Goosebumps & tears :) So proud of you Erin!

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    1. Aw, thanks Ginny :-) You, my super accomplished friend, must know a thing or two about reaching for your dreams. You must let me know when you are doing the Iron man!

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  5. So sweet:) I wish they had had video phones way back when I first sold my first script. What a wonderful thing to have...a record of the moment a dream came true. Can't wait to see that book on the shelves soon!

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    1. I would have loved to have seen you that day - what a joyous moment!! Here's to many more wonderful moments to come, sister mine!

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  6. So happy for you, my friend :)

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    1. I'm so blessed to be able to share the journey with you! Who knows where I'd be if we hadn't have met that fateful day in 2010 :-)

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  7. So so amazing Erin. You are a lovely woman and nobody deserves their dreams to come true as much as you. :D We all have to keep believing. So, thank you for sharing your story with us.

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    1. What a kind thing to say, Maire :) I know you must have a similar experience - and a bit more recently, too! I'm so excited for your book to come out at the end of the year!

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  8. Erin!! You video brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of you!! What a great thing to video that moment. I wish I had done that on a day that one of my dreams came true. After 5 years of trying to conceive, I will never forget the feeling or day when I was all by myself and took a pregnancy test and it was positive! I did not know what to do, and wished my husband was there to share it with me. So I just got in my car and started driving to his workplace, but I realized quickly that I didn't know exactly where his building was. I pulled in the first parking lot and there he was! And he saw what he thought was our car and stopped for minute. The amazing thing was that he did not work at the building but had played soccer at lunch but I found him! I stopped the car and ran up to him and showed him the stick We were both in awe and wonder. I remember, that I did not know what to do after that. I asked him, can you come home?? but he had to go to back to work so I celebrated by talking to myself, just like you and waited until I could tell everyone. Dreams do come true!!

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    1. Oh Kristina, I remember the day you told me you were pregnant :'-) What a wonderful, miraculous, delightful story! Such amazing struggle, but such tremendous payoff. Dreams came true for you in spades!

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