I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of person. The 'all-in' portion of this equation can make for huge successes, while the 'all-out' side can make relationships kind of challenging. It's because I tend to interpret other people's behavior using the same dictionary that explains mine, which essentially says that if you're not at least waist-deep in the enthusiasm pool over my new adventure, if you're not fully vested in my endeavor, I tend to question your devotion, and that's just plain wrong.
Here's the secret I think I just uncovered: Maybe you're just following your own dreams. This is crazy, I know, but maybe, just maybe you're channeling your energy into making your dreams come true. And maybe, just maybe, instead of expending so much of my energy wondering whether or not I have your support, maybe I should just funnel all that energy into making my dreams come true.
The part of me that lives before this realization might consider this response a 'blow off', or maybe self-preservation, but I don't see it that way now. I think the pre-realization me would certainly have put dreams on hold to accommodate those of someone else, and would certainly have asked permission to pursue my own, but today I have a gift for all my loved ones, and here it is:
You don't have to love my dreams.
You don't have to love my dreams. And its okay. I still love you. And I still love my dreams. My dreams are my sacred gift and to measure their value against the ones you've been given is to question the love the Universe has for each of us.
So maybe one way to honor the Divine is to pursue our dreams, maybe my friends and loved ones have had it right all along. So, to my dearest and most wonderful friends and family, thank you for staying the course. I love you, and I support your dream quest and all the energy you pour into living those dreams. If you're looking for me, I'll be doing the same.