Dreams Do Happen

On yet another wonderful adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park, we were greeted with amazing early spring weather in the Colorado high country. We went into this overnight trek not fully aware of what surprises lay in store for us. While the calm Springlike weather was indeed a treat, other hidden gems began to unfold around each corner we ventured to explore. The most prominent and decisive feature that would define our experience wasn’t even realized until we returned home and, what to our surprise lay hidden within the memory card on our camera was indeed what would, and has become the theme of this latest experience…Dreams Do Happen.

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[Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park]

We’ve said it many time before, those moments in life that leap off the page and define who we are can’t be made, they just happen. In the flash of an eye without realizing it, the circumstances appear for a moment and then they are gone. Question is, did we pay attention, did we see it and did we grasp it with all of our being and hold on for dear life? We often dream of what we want life to be never really understanding that it’s constantly unfolding all around us, every day waiting for us to accept it and move on. We’re not waiting for the train to come into the station, life is happening now, constantly, what are we doing with it and how are we responding?  The picture above is a great example of the little things all around us, here for a mere moment, and when the ice melts, its gone. A sign along the trail calling to us to take notice of our surroundings. We almost fell off the couch when we noticed this picture…a heart shape appearing on the water for a moment in time at Dream Lake.

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[Moonscape Above Our Tent]

The stage was set, the evening before our hike was spent in utter relaxation around a campfire, deer meandering through, fire crackling at our feet and a cool Spring moonscape rising in the sky to let us know another day had ended and an incredible one will begin soon. An evening of dreams and elk bedding down all around us, we awoke in the morning mesmerized by the natural beauty of not only our base camp, but the incredibly calm mountain weather that was calling us to rise quickly, hit the trail and be the first [and perhaps only] people to witness manifesting dreams of what already is.

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[Dream Lake 10,000′]

Funny how you can go through life wanting something that has been right under your nose the entire time. Pardon our boasting, but we have been married now for 30 plus years, meeting in high school we never looked back. Jumping into life head first, we became parents at an early age [three beautiful daughters] and went through all the motions life seems to have for all of us to get from one stage of life to the next. Years later here we are, just us as it was in the beginning wondering how we were supposed to redefine our lives on the backside of parenthood. The answer was simple, we’re still the same young lovestruck teenagers we were when we met, no redefining needed! We’ve been talking about this quite a lot lately, curious as always about life and what it all means. And yet here we are, contemplating at the edge of Dream Lake about to realize dreams do happen and we’re still living it…

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[Nymph Lake along the trail to Dream Lake]

Sure, we’ve endured our share of problems, issues and all things in between, just like anyone else endures their own set of life’s dramatic ordeals. We were busy living life I guess you’d say. The clouds would gather together overhead and declare the change of season while we pulled up our pants and weathered the storm. Each challenge a moment of extreme character building to etch out who we would become after each lesson of life passed. Sometimes we failed, other times we passed the test no problem. Don’t we all? And today we are alive, staring into each others eyes amazed at the ride we’ve taken together through life. That’s something to celebrate. And if trouble comes tomorrow, we’ll deal with it.

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[Dream Lake’s Dreamy Woods]

What’s on the other side…who cares. Life, energy, rebirth into the hereafter. One thing’s for sure, we’ll all find out one day! For now live in the moment, in each other’s arms, hand in hand, cheek to cheek, running naked and laughing at each other for the incredible gift we’ve all been given to live our dreams, to have dreams, to be a dream…to be at all. Dreams do happen, and indeed are happening! If that weren’t enough, this blog is being closed out while a seemingly appropriate song drifts in the background just as the heart shape appeared on Dream Lake, might we share the lyrics and perhaps prick your imagination to dream a little…

“Still, You Turn Me On” by Emerson, Lake and Palmer [1973, Brain salad Surgery]

Do you want to be an angel,
Do you wanna be an angel
Do you wanna be a star
Do you wanna play some magic
On my guitar
Do you wanna be a poet
Do you wanna be my string
You could be anything

Do you wanna be the lover of another undercover
You could even be the
Man on the moon

Do you wanna be the player
Do you wanna be the string
Let me tell you something
It just don’t mean a thing

You see it really doesn’t matter
When you’re buried in disguise
By the dark glass on your eyes
Though your flesh has crystallised
Still…you turn me on

Do you wanna be the pillow
Where I lay my head
Do you wanna be the feathers
Lying on my bed
Do you wanna be the cover
Of a magazine
Create a scene

Every day a little sadder
A little madder
Someone get me a ladder

Do you wanna be the singer
Do you wanna be the song
Let me tell you something
You just couldn’t be more wrong

You see I really have to tell you
That it all gets so intense
From my experience
It just doesn’t seem to make sense
Still…you turn me on

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