The dream no one else gets

20 Mar

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve thought in my head: I have this vision…

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this out loud either, but the response has been considerably more negative from outside sources.

Sometimes in life we have this thing. I call it a thing because it’s more relatable to keep it broad. My thing isn’t your thing. (Haha… that makes me laugh.)

Moving on.

You probably don’t have to think long and hard to come up with the dream.

I’ll tell you mine. If life went my way I’d have a steady writing career that makes the same as my day job, plus a little more to compensate for the benefits I wouldn’t be getting. I’d have a ridiculous number of kids who all get along like romance novel siblings. And there would be at least two dogs, eight fish, and a talking porcupine. We’d live on a big boat in the middle of the sea and… Okay, I’m getting carried away.

Now, this is just the dream. Will it ever happen? *shrugs shoulders*

In my head, I have this vision. I try to explain the vision, but as the years pass, the vision becomes clouded. The people in my life start to question. Every big accomplishment suddenly becomes mundane because you realize how much further away the dream is. Much further than you ever imagined.

I have this theory. It’s a theory because it hasn’t worked yet. I’m hoping that sometimes we’re placing pieces into a grand puzzle that is the dream. We don’t understand that every event is just adding to the end picture.

Even when we try to shove the side piece into the center because we’re very frustrated it’s not fitting, that’s still part of the process.

I usually like puzzles. The dream puzzle? Not so much. Hey, I’m just being honest.

I want to know when things will click into place and what I should do next. I’m tired of putting blank pieces into an impossible puzzle.

I can’t show people the blank pieces so I look like a lunatic. Not that I claim to be anything else.

I have another theory. That we can make our own dream puzzle and own the process. We can trust each piece placed will add to the end result. That each struggle to fit will prosper.

So my challenge to you today is to create your own puzzle.

Like this one I made for my husband to make up for being a thoughtless jerk on Valentine’s Day.

puzzle, puzzle pieces, Valentine's Day, Kinley Baker, Romance Author, Love, Thoughtfulness, Being thoughtful

One Dream Puzzle

Side note: Making puzzles from scratch is not only relaxing, but fun! I highly recommend it. Just start with big pieces.

We have to work our way up to the 1,000 piece all-the-same-color puzzle. Although I’m sure that’s a good way to describe that impossible dream we crave so deeply.

We have to trust the process. We have to trust ourselves. In the meantime, who will commiserate with me?

Just kidding! Sunshine and daisies!


Kinley Baker (@kinleybaker) aka… one more piece of the puzzle found with this post.


9 Responses to “The dream no one else gets”

  1. darcyflynn March 20, 2013 at 11:55 am #


    This post really spoke to me. What a thought provoking perspective on our dreams. The things God put into our hearts for us alone to yearn for, fret over and eventually accomplish!
    High concept, indeed! I’ll be thinking about this all day!

    • Kinley Baker March 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Thank you, Darcy! I’m glad it spoke to you. I know I’ve been struggling with patience lately. We just have to keep it all in perspective. 🙂

  2. Diana Beebe March 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Wow, Kinley. I love your puzzle analogy. Start with a small puzzle and work up to the big ones–we have to start somewhere. Wonderful post!

    • Kinley Baker March 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Thank you, Diana! I guess it gives it another angle to consider they’re handmade dream puzzles. Lol. We have to craft each piece. Talk about a huge project.

  3. lynettemburrows March 22, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Kinley, I like the idea that we each are making our own dream puzzle. We may not know how the pieces fit together just yet, but someday . . . . Only, I’m not going to wait for someday anymore. I’m making puzzle pieces just as fast as I can. 🙂

    • Kinley Baker March 22, 2013 at 3:12 am #

      That’s awesome, Lynette! I’m totally with you. Let’s stop waiting around and start cranking out those puzzles!

  4. L E Carmichael March 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    What I love is the moment when all the pieces come together and we realize that they were all part of the same puzzle, even though it may have taken years for the picture to become clear. Hang in there!

    • Kinley Baker March 25, 2013 at 2:42 am #

      Thank you. 🙂 I just need to keep placing those pieces into the puzzle. Even if I can’t see the final destination yet.


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