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Daring To Dream Again #writebravely

It’s strange how in the midst of turmoil, confusion and pain, we go back to the basics. We start to look deep within ourselves, once we are set off balance by events and emotions. This is what is happening to me. I am daring to dream again.

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella

Daring to dream again


Daring To Dream Again

It’s been at least twenty years, if not more, that I shared with a group of friends two dreams of mine. One was to be a counselor and the other to write and publish books.

What is it that motivated me to dream this way? I love working with and motivating people.

I’m quite gregarious and uncomplicated (not everyone will agree!) and have an ability to make people feel good about themselves and consequently be motivated. Many people will tell you that I’m a very empathetic listener and they feel quite comfortable to share things with me that they may not with other people. For example, there was a very intelligent young woman who was newly appointed to our company. However, she was very self-conscious and full of fears. As a result, she found it difficult to express herself to her boss and was constantly on sick leave. My manager then had her report to me and I was able to establish a good rapport with her. In a short while, the sick leaves stopped, her confidence grew and she became a very integral part of our team. One success ‘story’ that I was glad to be a part of.

To work on making the dream of counselling come true, I began a Masters in Psychology a few years back. Sadly, I never finished. Also became a little skeptical of my ability to be a good counselor – because I began to get too personally involved with people who came to me with their problems. I messed up a couple of situations because of this. So I put that dream firmly back on the shelf and went on with my life.

What about the writing then? I write reasonably well – I know I’m nowhere near brilliant. However, I express myself in a simple and clear manner – and when something is close to my heart – I can write! I have always dreamed of using my words in print to inspire and motivate people. But somehow I always made excuses for not writing and did a lot of self-editing when I did. Another dream on the shelf.

So although I dared to dream, I didn’t have the determination and persistence to make them come true. But things  started to change. I started with the writing – this blog is a first step towards it. And I began to focus more and more on reading about writing and how to hone my skills.

And what about the counseling? One day, out of the blue, José says to me, “Have you thought of being a life coach?” A light bulb moment! . Having been a soft skills trainer for years, I do have the knowledge, ability and experience for that. And combined with my natural skills, I can certainly be great at it. So I’m working on this too – actively. I’m reading a lot more in this area and also looking at how I can accredit myself.

Things are starting to fit. I’m daring to dream again and I’m working to make those dreams come true.

So here’s my piece of advice for those of you who might have put your dreams on the shelf as I did :
1. Dare to dream again. Or if you haven’t dreamed at all, start today. Dream of your great success.

2. Get in touch with the things that deeply motivate you. Get in touch with your passion.

3. Start equipping yourself with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities towards your goal/s.

4. Work regularly and persistently towards realizing your dreams.

Dreams do come true.


  1. Varsh Varsh July 2, 2018

    I never had too many dreams to begin with. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing, honestly. I do want to see my name on a book but probably my light-bulb moment is yet to arrive. Someday when I have something worthwhile to share that will hopefully happen. Fingers crossed.

  2. Akshata Akshata July 2, 2018

    I have always dreamt.. right from the time I was a child and perhaps dreamt too big for myself. I have also worked persistently to make my dreams come true. I have realised one thing though.. there are things beyond our control when it comes to making our dreams into reality. Accepting that there is little we can do in tis aspect and not getting disheartened if things don’t work in our favour (cos that was something we couldn’t control anyway) goes a long way in making the journey pleasant and enjoyable. Love your stories Corinne

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | July 12, 2018

      Yes, we need to know when to let go, Akshata. But sometimes, we can realize our dreams in ways other than we imagined – we just need to be more flexible and creative.

  3. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom July 1, 2018

    This is food for thought. My shelf has a few dreams which I need to dust and bring out. It is important to re-evaluate your dreams over time. You may not have been equipped back then but you change, situations change and you may at some point be able to fulfil your dreams. I need to remember that.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | July 12, 2018

      Good luck with the dusting, Tulika. Yes, we sometimes have the resources now that we didn’t have then.

  4. Anagha Yatin Anagha Yatin June 30, 2018

    After reading this reflection, I paused for a while. I realized that I dont have any dream to achieve. Is it because I am content right now? May be or may not be true. I am living just one day at a time. I am living in present and not thinking about future or about past. But is that good? I dont know, again. I need to figure it out.
    Corinne thanks a lot for giving me a thought to ponder upon… may be it will take several days or even years, but I will strive in this direction.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | July 12, 2018

      I always suggest that people go back to their childhood and recall what their dreams were. They often are a clue to what we really long to achieve, Anagha.

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