One of the huge imbalances in life is the disparity between your daily existence, with its routines and habits, and the dream you have within yourself of some extraordinarily satisfying way of living.Wayne Dyer
Recently I have been reflecting on dreams I had growing up. Aspirations that I still share to this day. If money wasn’t a problem, I would open up my own bakery and a ranch. See, this bakery would sell cookies, cakes, loaves of bread, and so on. The bakery would be a sort of oasis for my children and their friends. Somewhere they can run off to after school and do homework or just hang out. Children would be able to eat at it for a discounted price to ensure every child can have something they want. The bakery would also help fund my ranch and all the projects I have in store for it.
See, this ranch would be a therapeutic ranch. It would be used to help treat aggression and behavioral problems in teens and adolescents. Kids in the foster care system and the juvenile system would get priorities for discounted or free rate. These children would work on the ranch taking care of an assigned horse and would revive free riding lessons in return. I chose this path for my imaginary ranch due to the abundance of research I found indicating that these activities help the most with feelings of low self-esteem, aggression, anger, feeling like you do not have a purpose, and so on. Through my own experiences with children in the foster care system, I can agree that these emotions are often overlooked. If they are addressed in any capacity, it is to label the child as a troublemaker, a problem child, when in fact, this is not the case. In my experience, these children just need one stable thing in their life. I have worked with children who have been labeled a problem child. I usually would try and give this child a goal or something to do until our next time together. Over time I found that the child who appeared to be more happy and open with me and their social worker. While this is obviously biased, I strongly believe in my ranch when combined with the studies I have seen. I want to ensure each and every child can have one thing they call their own and have stability through it. It is the main reason why I want to open up this ranch. Sadly, money is a problem, and this dream will have to wait; but one day I hope to be able to cut the rope in a grand-opening for my bakery and ranch. One day.