Dreaming Like a Kid Again
So here’s to 2021. I’ve been missing in action due to all the busyness of the year but I’m back and determined more than ever to do better with my blog this year. I was inspired by our recently elected Vice President Kamala Harris and I begin to just wonder if she ever thought she’d see the day where she, a woman of color, would be second in command in the world’s greatest nation. I thought about how her dreams might’ve looked as a child. Did she dream about this day? How did she make her dreams become a reality? And then it dawned on me, I too had dreams as a child, but unlike VP Harris, I had tossed many of mine aside, chalking them up to be unrealistic and unattainable. I believe God gives us dreams and visions as things to work toward, not place on the shelf.
Adulting is such hard and rob us of dreaming. The restrictions and responsibilities like bills, jobs, obligations, education and family expectations make me sometimes feel stuck. I forget to dream. My mind is so cluttered with to-do lists and errands to run that I don’t actually make space for dreaming. My dreams had simply become memories of goals I once had. I guess I began to feel like my dreams were so far from my realities that I’d just give up on them. But, I’m remembering just how many things I dreamed of doing when I was a child. I said when I grew up I wanted to be a household name. I wanted to be the next Oprah. I wanted to be a news reporter, a television show host, a singer, a musician, a college professor, and so much more.
It’s funny to think that these were my dreams as a kid and I was for sure an introvert. I had no courage to get up in front of people or do anything outgoing. But this year I am going to intentionally work on that. My mantra this year is “dream like a kid, and work like an adult.” Kamala didn’t just get where she is by dreaming, but working hard and dreaming go hand in hand. I’m chasing after everything my heart desires, and if I fail, I fail, but it won’t be because I didn’t try. I’m going to dream like a kid again, and even better than that, I’m going to plan. It’s your turn to dream again.
Put your dreams back on your priority list and this time, make sure you outline a plan to make these a reality. It won’t easy but I believe it will be worth it. As Cinderella sang in the movie, “no matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
Here’s a song by PJ Morton that always reminds me to keep dreaming https://youtu.be/aI_BC_e3mIw