One piece of advice! Dare to dream…

I am taking part in the April Ultimate Blog Challenge which is a daily blog post for the month of April…A post with a prompt will be issued for each day where you can go with the prompt or a post of your choosing…

It is Day 5 today and the prompt…One piece of advice?

Dare to dream...Is my one piece of advice…Every great dream begins with a dreamer…Starting with this video…I could have chosen Elaine Paige, Ann Hathaway, Ruthie Henshall but this lady shows without a doubt we can all… Have a Dream…

I grew up in the ’50s  my dad always wanted a son to carry on the family line instead he got 3 daughters…I worked hard at school…Of course, I had my dreams…My mum used to say very nice dear when I did well at school…My dad…Not a lot…I was always told girls grow up and get married…So I did…

I still had my dreams…

Why? I can hear you all saying.

Choices, circumstances, call it what you may….. sometimes we have to just be brave, go with the flow, listen to our hearts, be a little selfish…..yes why not…… years ago and I mean years ago I wanted to study Law…..I got these looks, comments…why Carol? You have a good job, you have a family why…all these puzzled looks…..why? For me, because I wanted to……so I enrolled…… time to study!

” Mum, Can I? Mum, can you? it didn’t stop…

Enter my friend Gilly…….My neighbour, confidante, shoulder to cry on, my independent career driven friend who had no children of her own… my kids were her kids…..for sleepovers, cooking, storytelling and she had plenty of those…..

In she came… a stern maiden aunt…..even, I was a tad afraid…..” Now listen to me kids; your mum was herself before she was your mum…….when she is studying…because she wants to…YOU….do not disturb her…anything you want you are to ask before or wait until after she has finished studying ”

To me, she said ” you shut the door and you study, you do not answer any knocks, pleadings, wants ”

” Yes, Ma’am ”…She was one fierce lady…haha

So in I go,  sat down..books open, pen at the ready….” Knock, Knock, mum?”

From me… response… got a bit louder…..then went away……came back and tried again…..but after a few days of this ….the kids got the message…I got peace and quiet to study…….yehhhh…so I suppose what I have learnt through life is we all love our kids, we want to do our best for them but a doormat we ain’t and we all need our me time and everyone is happier for this and do you know?

My dear departed friend Gilly made me see that and made me realise that I should “Dare to Dream “

I miss you Gilly……. so much but your spirit is with me…and your pictures ( the painting), The hot air balloons going up, up and away over Weston, my ” Crazy Dancing Cow “ is on my desk…yes, she came with me…… are in my heart, you are my inspiration and we all have so many memories of fun times shared R.I.P, my friend,.

Dancing cow diva figurine


35 plus years later.

When one of your children tells you that you are why they are what they are today and they are proud of  YOU ……….you know you have done something right among all the things you got wrong…and no one is perfect..not me, not one……….But I dared to dream

So good luck with your choices which make you realise your dream..don’t beat yourself up if they don’t turn out quite as you wanted but a little bit of self-belief goes a long way…you tried….. every day is a new day.

AND on that Saturday when…I got to see, to hold, to turn the pages of our book for the first time…my very first offerings to the world in print ……… Now, who would have thought…if I had written my future 20 years ago  I would have got it totally wrong!

I would not be living here in sunny Thailand……….I would not be blogging, I would not be… again…I had a dream, some say ” lucky you,” You are so brave ( not sure I get that one), some may think very selfish …we cannot please all the people all of the time.

It all goes back to that opening line;

I had a dream, I dared to dream…

I just wish I had been a bit braver and followed my writing dream sooner…But I am living proof that you can dare to dream and dreams do come true…You just have to want it enough…Whatever your age…

So to conclude my one piece of advice is …Dare to Dream!

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then I bid you welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great weekend xx


9 thoughts on “One piece of advice! Dare to dream…

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2…Weekly catchup…Plastic, Cloud Eggs, B3, Komoto Dragons and Dare to Dream! | Retired? No one told me!

  2. swanstuff

    You began pursuing your dream at exactly the right time to realize all the fruit in your children, to realize what a great friend you had in Gilly, and to bring the maturity to your dream you didn’t have before. Rock on! Have some Phad Tai for me :).

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