On one of our long walks that we did, as part of our preparation for the Rwenzori climb, I got talking with one of my colleagues, and oh the dreams we dreamed! Excited by the prospect of climbing Rwenzori, we started seeing ourselves take on another mountain next year. Maybe we will climb Mount Kilimanjaro. And then we thought, why not climb one mountain in each of the East African countries, one year at a time? And then we thought, why don’t we actually do a mountain tour of Africa? That would be a great way to both keep in shape, but also to discover and learn about our continent in a new way, and then we could even write about our mountain tours! And maybe our writing would turn into a book. A book with tales of all our climbs. And then we envisioned a book launch. A glamorous one.
Then we got to talking about the possibility of starting a store in Uganda that sells or hires mountain equipment. A store dedicated to those that love the outdoors. And our store would also have a section where there would be books, a mini library of sorts, and a coffee bar. And maybe we could hold reading sessions in our store, or host authors of books, get a reading club going. And we could even host periodic talks about mountain climbing, to get people interested in, but also prepared for mountain climbing. It would be a fun store. A multi purpose store. A store full of light and life. We could smell the rich aroma of coffee. We could smell the books. Oh I just love the smell of new books! And old ones too. We could see the people milling around in the store, oohing and ahhing at the selections in front of them. If our store in Uganda was a success, then we could open other stores across East Africa, open up a chain of stores dedicated to mountain climbing.
All this sounds crazy, right? I am not sure how much of this we will do. I am sure we will try to accomplish some of it. But what was amazing to me is the power of a goal to produce dreams, which dreams become goals, which power other dreams. Goals get you going. They really do. Goals are energizing. No wonder we are told to set goals. And don’t be afraid to dream with abandon. Let yourself go. Go wild. Dream big. You just never know where that dream, borne of a goal will lead you.
Wishing you happy dreaming!