I started this blog back in 2011 when I was 20. A lot happened before then, and a lot has happened since. I am coming up on my 6 year anniversary of my blog, I decided I needed a new site (also because of an increase in annoying formatting issues..blah blah blah). You can find all my original blog posts from 2011-2016 at www.lizattemptingambition.blogspot.com
This post was originally published 8/23/11 at the start of my blogging adventure
When I was 5 I snuggled up in my twin bed with my Disney Princess comforter and had the most vivid dream I can remember. I was on my pink bike, with the white basket and handle bar ribbons. I was speeding down my street with the wind blowing my knotty, should have been brushed, brown hair…………..WITH NO TRAINING WHEELS!
The next morning (6 or 7 in the morning) I defiantly woke my dad and told him to take off the training wheels. I was certain I was going to learn to ride that bike. I explained to my dad that it had to be just like the dream or it wouldn’t work. He humored me and made me waffles and my mom didn’t brush my hair. We went outside and he grabbed his tool box and headed for my bike. The wheels were off, just like that. I hopped on the seat and my dad grabbed my seat and put one hand on my back an I began to pedal. With a soft push from my dad, I was on my own.
Most kids fall the first few times, but for some reason I didn’t. I pedaled slow at first and then faster until the wind was blowing my hair, my dad cheered as I turned around in the neighbors driveway and made my way back without as much as a falter in my technique. I can’t describe the feeling that I had as I was reliving my dream there in front of my home in Portage Des Sioux, MO, but I can tell you I knew I was going to ride that bike and it was all because of a dream.
Since that Spring day in 1996 none of my other dreams have become reality to that extent. I can not see into the future, nor do I believe that is what happened. It was not because I dreamed it. It was because at the sweet age of 5 I had the ambition to make it true. I am still, after many hardships in my young life, “attempting ambition”. I firmly believe that if you are ambitious about something only good can come from it. So if you get nothing else out of my writings get this; BE AMBITIOUS ABOUT EVERYTHING, the people you love, the things you do, the values you hold, and above all, always be ambitious about your dreams.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it