Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
A poem by the great Langston Hughes.
I often wonder why I've chosen the route that I have. Especially when its tough. Especially when I'm asked questions about why or how or when. I know the vision I was given for my life. I had the option to ignore it and be miserable or to chase my dreams into the seemingly unknown. I chose the latter.
I can not find happiness or joy in doing things that I don't care about. I've tried. And when mama ain't happy....you know the rest. Material things make me happy...for a brief period. They never bring joy. I thought that working my behind off and punching a clock to provide for my family would bring satisfaction. It never did. You can read about that here
I've always been passionate about pursuing dreams. Our dreams, passions, and talents weren't given to us for them to sit idly by, being buried under a mountain of wish I hads, should haves and maybe one days. Dreams, passions and talents were given to us by God to produce fruit. He gives us the vision and the skill, a blueprint and the tools, if you will. But we spend so much time doing things that make other people happy or obligate ourselves to molding our lives to fit others' perceptions of who we should be or what we should be doing. It's easy to lose sight, and the vision becomes blurry.
I teach my kids to be passionate about their dreams. Whatever they can vision, they can attain. My children watch me. They emulate me. I don't want to be their example of what happens when dreams are deferred
. I want to be their living legend of what happens when you relentlessly pursue your vision.
I've never been happier. I left behind many of the things that the world values to take a different path and I have absolutely no regrets. Not one. Every time the little voice of doubt and negativity makes a call, God reminds me how He's blessed my path. Everything I longed for before I quit my corporate job I have obtained. Yet I still have so far to go. So much more to do. And I'm loving the journey.
Are you pursuing your passion? If not, why aren't you?