“Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.” — Maya Angelou
There is a light within each of us. I can feel mine. Sometimes it is a warm, reassuring hum or tingle. On occasion, it vibrates. Other times I wonder where it went, and I feel out of sorts. That is when I feel dull, like the flat surface of worn furniture. There is no glow or warmth. My patina is missing.
Throughout my life, there have been times when my light went out. There were no dreams. I had pushed them all away into the deep recesses of my mind.
Sometimes, life sucks. I felt lost at times, but I never gave up, not completely. I was hanging on by a thread.
There are many people who have lost their way. Luckily, I was not one of them. I hovered on the edge of an abyss, and I wavered, but I never stepped over the edge.
Looking back, I have often wondered what it would have felt like to give up. I cannot imagine. Why do people make that decision? There must be a nanosecond when you decide.
I am getting a little morbid, but that is where my mind just took me.
There are so many variables in the human mind that affect each of us differently. We are all wired a little differently, or we experience everything from another viewpoint. What makes one person decide yes and another decide no?
I have to believe that my inner light was strong, intense. I did have dreams, and I was holding onto them for dear life. I did not even realize it. I did not think about them. My life felt more like I was stuck in mucky slime, sometimes sinking and sometimes holding on, occasionally wallowing, and not understanding at all.
Where Do You Keep Your Dreams?
Our dreams are the essence of our being. Dreams circulate in our minds, but they exist in our hearts and soul.
I cannot imagine a life without dreams. That would mean there would be no passion. Life would be dull, and we would never develop a glowing patina of a life well-lived.
To me, life is magic and filled with wonder. There is a poem that I discovered in high school that means so much to me. It is titled Barter, written by Sara Teasdale.
The first line of the poem reads, “Life has loveliness to sell.” Indeed, and there is a cost for our dreams. We are not guaranteed a perfect, dream-filled life. That is not how it works. We have to pick and choose our moments of loveliness, but we should “never count the cost.”
How do we gather up our dreams and bring them out into the light? Does it take a seismic event, or can we shake them out of the cobwebbed recessions of our brain?
The answer is different for each of us, I would imagine. What are your circumstances, and how far did you bury your dreams?
When I think of my dreams, I envision wispy clouds and magical creatures. Of course, that is not what my dreams are, but rather that is how they make me feel. They give me hope.
Do you remember your dreams from when you were a child and the things you wanted to believe were real? I so wanted to see fairies; I was sure they still existed. Maybe that is why I love the movie Avatar.
“Life holds special magic for those who dare to dream.”
Fulfilling Your Dreams Is Up To You
Dreams are important. I have a dream that someday there will be no prejudice. It scares me to think that it will never happen, but I will not give up that dream. I refuse; it is too important.
When I was young, I had the dream of going to college. Most people now would say that was something I wanted, and it was not a dream. To me, it was a dream. It seemed impossible.
No one was there to help or encourage me. No one ever asked. I went to work, married, started a family because that was what most young females did.
Many years later, when my children were in high school, I received my degree. It took many years of hard work to achieve that dream.
I know there are still many people in the world today that hold that same dream. I hope it happens for you too. Don’t give up!
My dreams have changed since then. Life changes us. Some dreams float away as we get older and no longer ignite that light within us. New dreams replace them.
What are your dreams? Do not forget them. Bring them out, dust them off, and let them shine brightly.
Dreams Don’t Just Happen
Let your dreams motivate you. Achieving your dreams will not just happen; you have to work for them. Whether they are wants, like a raise in pay, or one of your dreams; both require putting forth the effort and hard work.
Many people let their dreams float around them but never take that first step toward fulfilling them. All it takes is believing in yourself with a heap of determination and perseverance thrown into the mix.
Dreams do not magically fall from the sky and become real. You have to work for them.
Maybe it is the hard work and perseverance that make your dreams magical. You learn about yourself; you become a stronger person; you gain confidence and step into a better world created by you. Now that is magical!
By the way, I still believe in fairies.
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” — Johann Wolfgang Goethe