Friday, December 9, 2011

Dreamers of the Dreams

One of my favorite movie quotes of all time is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version, not the Johnny Depp version...)

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams..."

I'm sure it's probably actually in the Roald Dahl book, but I never read that as a child...  Anyway, that's besides the point.

I always loved this quote but I never actually lived by it.  Aside from a few career oriented goals, I never allowed myself to dream.  I lived by the cynical viewpoint of "why dream dreams, because its not like they are going to come true..."

How sad and depressing is THAT!?!

Now, I am happy to admit, I have a completely different outlook.  I find myself not only setting goals, but dreaming dreams.  Since I started this adventure 15 months ago, I feel as though I can accomplish what I set my mind to, so why not shoot for the moon?  Kind of a complete 180, don't you think?

Before I never even dared to dream that I would back to a more "normal" size.  That I could look in the mirror and say "Lookin' good today!"  That I could run for miles, or being lifting weights on a regular basis.  If I can achieve those things, who knows what else I can do?  The sky is the limit as far as I'm concerned.

I really like having a more positive outlook on life.  I always believed myself to be such a cynical (or as I liked to trick myself into believing a "realistic") person but in reality I was just a Debbie Downer.  I'm surprised I still manage to have friends!  I'm not saying that I don't have moments where the negative thoughts creep back in, but I would say its more like 90/10 in favor of more positivity where as it was probably completely reversed before.

Man, it feels good to be happy...

So, what kind of dreams are you dreaming?


  1. I use to be real negative before my weight loss. Now i will catch myself being negative and stop and think (or at least try to stop) before I say anything. Its hard sometimes but doable.

  2. Oh and that movie. Grew up watching it a lot.