At our halau (hula school) Christmas party this year, our teacher announced that we have been invited to dance at the Merrie Monarch Festival in 2014. Without going into the gushing, OMG detail of this, know that an invitation to perform at Merrie Monarch is a BIG EFFING DEAL. As in, a once-in-a-lifetime, there's-no-way-on-God's-green-earth-that-I'm-missing-this type of chance. I called my mother and grandmother at my first opportunity. My grandmother, after gushing about how excited she is (and stating that she better be alive for the performance), said, "Your grandfather and I said, a long time ago, that we would see you go to Kamehameha [School] and dance at Merrie Monarch. And now we are!"
Well, kind of. I did attend Kamehameha, but only for a week during a summer camp after fifth grade. And it looks like they will see me dance at Merrie Monarch, but only during the ho'ike, the no-pressure, non-competitive performance portion of the world's premier celebration of the art of hula.
Her statement got me thinking about the interpretation of dreams and how they're fulfilled. We may have big dreams for our lives--and plans to attain these dreams--but oftentimes, we don't have control over how our dreams are met. Plans go awry, unexpected opportunities pop up, roads fork. Certain events, tasks, or people take priority at different times of our lives, altering the path that we thought we were meant to take. The beautiful part is that if the desire is still there, then life will find some other way to give it to you. We are meant to be fulfilled.
Don't stop dreaming, but don't get too attached to the outcome. Your dreams may be fulfilled in a totally surprising way.
Have you had a dream, wish, or desire met in a way that took you by surprise? Leave a note in the comments!
This post was originally published on lynndaue.wordpress.com. It was lightly edited on January 19, 2016.