Another woman has family members who constantly come to her with their problems, and she feels so responsible to help. "I can't just ignore their pain," she says. "But I do have some needs and wants of my own, too."
Yet another woman spends a lot of her time, when she's not at her full-time job, checking on her elderly parents and helping out. "I might not have them around much longer," she says. "I need to do everything I can now." Of course.
Carrying others' burdens
And it's easy to become resentful and wonder, "When is it my time?"
Some situations simply do need your attention and time. Can you carve out some time for yourself even when you're in the midst of a demanding situation? Are you able to at least start creating your dream?
And if you're choosing to tend to others but don't necessarily have to do so, can you change what you're doing? A spiritual director once told me to carry my loved ones in my heart—but not carry all their problems on my back. If that's a choice you can make, I encourage you to do so.
See if you can find a way to move toward your dreams. Even one or two steps can bring you hope. When the time is right, you'll be ready to pursue them full-time.