I have a dream of learning to surf. On our very first beach visit here, I formed an image in my head of a woman, about 60-65 years old, walking along the beach in her wetsuit, carrying her surf board, with her long, sea-water-soaked, grey hair flying. That woman is future me.
I was thinking about this dream the other day. Thinking about the practicality of this dream, and coming to the conclusion that given my age, fitness level, and the time we’ll have here by the ocean, maybe this is more of a fantasy.
At that moment, I felt future me’s heart break in two. How could I just dash her dreams like that? I felt her reach back through time, pleading with me. I was being so unfair. I continued to ponder all this, weighing reality against wishful thinking, and reminding myself that just because today I have one reality doesn’t mean that can’t change.
Now I don’t know if I’ll ever really get to learn to surf. I do know that I have lots of ocean waves I can play in while I’m here. AND, and this is the most important truth I came to, even if I don’t learn to surf, that image of the strong woman with her grey hair and surf board can be a power symbol I can use to focus on in visualizing success in attaining my goals. She can be my guide.
I’m curious, what kinds of symbols, imagery, or positive self talk do others use to help spur them on in their goals? Please share; don’t be shy.
Here are some quick pics of our visit to Bondi Beach:)