"You are never too old to set another goal,
or to dream another dream."
(C S Lewis)
Do you have dreams. Are they pipe dreams, or are you trying to make your dreams a reality? Or have you done just that - gone for the dream. Just went for it, and made it a reality. Well Marc and I have dreams. We dreamt that one day we'd live by the sea. An opportunity came up, quite unexpectedly, and we went for it. The odds were stacked against the move working, but it did. it has. Here we are in St Ives, living the dream.
Except not quite. Because for one of us, the dream is a weekend pit stop. In order to live here, Marc works away through the week. He does it without complaint. He loves the fact that his boys are growing up down here, even if they don't always appreciate it, or take advantage of the open spaces and freedom St Ives is able to give a child. We live within walking distance of beaches, hills, countryside and cliff top adventures. It is all that we could ever hope for.....
Lately we have found ourselves wanting more. We have found ourselves missing each other more. Marc misses whole chunks of family life, and I know that he finds it hard. He wasn't able to be present at any of the scans when I was expecting Olly. He has seen maybe one school play. He doesn't get to help the boys with their homework. He misses those every day things, the stuff that creates depth within a family. We have started to dream about another possibility. One that could take our family in a whole new direction, with Marc along for the ride full time.
Oh I know we are so lucky. To be living in a place like this at all is a dream come true. And nor do we think that we are more deserving than anyone else. In fact I can think of several people close to me that deserve their dreams become a reality. I should tell you that my husband is one of those people. He is a good man. He deserves his dream to become a reality.
We want to own our own campsite. But we also want to develop it into a place where families can come on holiday and collect their own eggs in the morning from the chickens that we will have. We want to develop a kitchen garden, so that there could be seasonal produce available. We want to give these families a wonderful holiday. We want to do this together - a husband and wife team - while we are still young enough to go for it.
We visited a site on Saturday. It was perfect. Marc spoke to the bank today. It is out of our reach. Marc is gutted. I feel a little more pragmatic. Not that I want it any less. But because I know that somewhere out there is a place that we will call home. There is a place that will tick all the boxes, and welcome us in. We will have our lodges and our chickens and our roses round the doorway.
Because we are daring to dream.