Can a mother still dream (that means you too)?

I woke up trembling. There were no monsters, chain-saw wielding masked men or bottomless pits, but my nightmare shot me out of bed and into the kitchen.

In the dream I had accomplished something I have yet to do in real life. I had crafted the perfect manuscript. Perfect characters. Perfect dialogue. Perfect plot structure. My work was immediately the subject of a bidding war among the major publishers. I was 80 years old, in failing health, and shortly after I inked a seven-figure deal, I died.

My death was not a violent one. People were not shocked by the passing of an 80-year-old woman, a point reiterated many times at the funeral. I am grateful that I woke up before I faced my own corpse.

In the kitchen I drank a glass of milk and tried to determine why this dream rocked me so hard. I peeked in on my daughter who was sound asleep. Then I paced. I peeked again. Then I paced. She could really do anything she wants to, I thought, she has her whole life ahead of her.

But isn’t that true of me too?

I might not be a toddler, but today is still the first day of the rest of my life. I don’t want to waste more time chasing perfection, while the people who are willing to risk it and put themselves out there win all the spoils.

For me, the dream is writing.

As a child I had an appreciation and respect for the written word. Stories. Poems. Stage plays. Yearbook. School newspaper. It was all my playground. But I lost focus along the way. There were too many people with the “writer’s dream.” There was simply no room for me.

Is that really the example I want to set for my child?

The only thing that has been holding me back from my dream is Me. And Me is getting her act together. That’s why I’m studying my craft, writing like a mad woman and trying. Sometimes you just have to try.

Can a mother still dream? My answer: a mother has to dream. And then she has to wake up, jump out of bed and go kick some butt.

As part of my butt-kicking action plan, I am entering a contest sponsored by the Freelance Writers Den. Prizes include a one-year subscription to Freelance Writers Den, mentoring opportunities and online courses. These valuable resources will help me further develop my skills as a freelancer and allow me to access a thriving community of professionals.

You can help me with the contest by giving this post some social luvin’ (Twitter, Facebook, Stumble, etc.).

Who knows? You might see my name on the cover of your favorite book or in your favorite magazine someday…someday soon.

What is your dream? What’s holding you back? What tips can you give to all the moms out there for reaching their goals?

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About Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson is a Dallas-based freelance writer who specializes in college planning, parenting, women’s lifestyle, education, and self-help. But she's always hungry to munch on new topics. In addition to writing for The BookWormMama blog, Nicole provides content, copywriting and proofreading services for various publications.


Can a mother still dream (that means you too)? — 32 Comments

  1. You are so right. There is plenty of time to dream. Although I know I am “young” at 33. Sometimes I feel I missed the boat on some opportunities. But the opportunities are still there when I am ready to grab them… at any age. :) Good luck on your contest. I shared on FB and Twitter too.

    • Kelly: If not you, then who? If not now, then when? I hope that sounded as inspirational as it did in my head. I want to read your books someday…someday very soon. Thanks for the support.

    • Rachel: Thanks for your support. Pluck those play ideas out of your head. My little sister sings this song to me (from Save the Last Dance):

      Live your dreams,
      It’s not as hard as it may seem,
      You gotta work to get the cream…

      Something about the cream line makes me chuckle. Still, very inspiring.

  2. My husband told me writers will write 10 pages a day. I find that impressive! And you are right a mother must dream!! Best wishes in getting to your goal!

  3. Great post and writing. I really hope you win…but even if you don’t, don’t give up! The best writers have been turned down multiple times. Can’t wait to see where you end up with your writing. :)

  4. I LOVE your style of writing…it just hits home every single time…like I’ve known you for a long time. :-) I’m going to go tweet about you now. 😉

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