Dream . Action . Accomplish . Difference.
To dream is to have a vision of where you want to be. To attach purpose to our actions and decisions. I am a ferocious dreamer — okay, that may be a hyperbole, but you get what I mean. I dream about everything. From actual dreams to having visions and imaginations of what I am passionate about and I would like to pursue. Therefore, I am naturally inclined to anything pertaining to these.
They achieved the unimaginable during the impossible. And perhaps, it was the reality of being cast down, oppressed and unvalued that pushed them to persevere, and overcome.
I recently watched Hidden Figures and I was instantly reminded that women like Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson have paved the way for us not to be complacent with life. They achieved the unimaginable during the impossible. And perhaps, it was the reality of being cast down, oppressed and unvalued that pushed them to persevere, and overcome. We are reminded at the very least twice a year (Black History Month and Martin Luther King Day) of the very famous words by Martin Luther King Jnr: “I have a dream…”. These words have been used so often, that it has become somewhat of a cliché and not expressed with the heaviness, strength and ray of hope from which they were conceived. Perhaps we need to be remembered of the struggle that our fore-fathers; mothers; sisters; and brothers borne to jolt us to not be complacent with our now. The struggle still continues today, it is just camouflaged in the system, in society, in the law. Perhaps the human nature thrives in the midst of ‘lack’ and ‘limitations’. So much so that we fail to pursue and strive in the abundance of liberty (not perfect liberty but at least it is a lot more than was available in the past). Perhaps I am too young, and the generations behind me are even younger to remember any kind of severe bondage-freedom fighting struggle to have an innate resistance built within us for our pursuits, but nevertheless our presence on this earth must be ‘felt’ and we have to seek to ‘do’ something.
The world is not black and white. It is made up of our individual pop of colours and many shades of grey (created as a result of rendering our individual pop of colours redundant). It is easy to settle in a comfortable routine — I mean, there is nothing wrong with working 9–5, paying bills, loving love and enjoying the simple pleasures day to day. But I beg you to be different. In order for us to make a blend of colour that would plead for a stroke off of Picasso’s brush, we need to keep our colours glossy and bright. See, someone needs your colour to help theirs brighten, but when you allow yours to turn to grey, they can only paint to the strength of their shade. We all have something to give and there is enough space to receive it all as long as you give it.
The well known US preacher T.D. Jakes once said his mother used to tell him “Son, you have everything the greatest of men have: two arms, two legs, a head, two eyes…” therefore insinuating that nothing should be able to restrict him from attaining that which he sets on his heart to do. This is however easier said than done as so many factors contribute to why the cemetery is full of unattained dreams. The most prominent of them all are the intrinsic and environmental factors such as family wealth (or lack of) and geographical location can hinder the opportunities we are exposed to or can afford. Nobody has a choice on these matters, but we have a choice on how we deal with it. There is so much to explore and to experience. Most of the greatest of men are those who see beyond today, who are forward thinking, draw on their strengths and don’t focus on the negative situations they face in life.
What our nations and the world can be is not only down to us today, but most importantly down to our younger generations. We need to remember for ourselves and encourage our younger ones that there is a very big world out there waiting to hear their voice, read their words or admire their art. A lot of innovation and change rests on us all. Every time we relate to the younger ones, we must remember that we carry the onus of maintaining and fanning to flame the passion and vision that they desire to pursue.
On 2nd of April 2017, GCR encouraged us to gift a child with a book to read for International Children’s Book Day, but it must not start and stop with occasions. Having a dream is one thing, pursuing it is another and the first step needed is to accumulate knowledge. Encouraging our young children to educate themselves about any and everything is the first match we can light to fuel them. Acquiring knowledge is an essential art that cannot be taken from the one who has attained it. Its strengths lie in recognising that you can never know enough and no matter what we know, there is more to learn. “A master stops being a master when they think they have mastered”-Stephanie Foster.
For our world to blossom far more than it is now, we need to encourage the young men and women in our local schools, on our streets and in our families that life entails far more than the reality they live every day. It is about how they perceive it. How do we do this? By applying this to ourselves. Showing them by our lives and example that they don’t have to be confined to the limitations that life throws at them.
The responsibility of aiding our future presidents, doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, innovators, creatives, musicians, IT specialists and traders falls on us; the older ones who have and are still accruing valuable experiences in life and can shape their thinking. Us, the parents, siblings, teachers and mentors. Us, who have the ability to cultivate a generation of dreamers who can take the baton further than where we place it.