Joy often dwells where dreams unveil. ~ Attica Lundy Cooper
IN 1985 I sat on the second row of my 7th grade class learning Langston Hughes poem “Dreams”. I remember thinking big and wide ALL the dreams I had. Growing up in the south side of Atlanta in a city called East Point in the suburbs left me with a lot of time for dreaming. I dreamed about having more money than I could even need, and making a comfortable life for me, my grandmother, and my little cousin Richard. I felt that I’d already been through a lot in my short but troubled life, and holding fast to dreams wasn’t very hard for me to do at all; it’s all I had.
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.
There’s always the dream. The initial dream that follows us throughout time until we finally get the opportunity to do it. We may not know exactly what it is, but we get a taste of it enough to know where to start, if we follow our dreams. But do what? Yes, I wanted to write a book, but writing a book is like top level. People are not just putting those things out there with quick turnarounds, so it takes time. Often times we have little money, little resources, little network in the beginning of the dream. The challenge of getting to the place where we want to be is sometimes almost impossible to imagine. At some point, the books in the stores dream was not seeming possible. I could write essays and reports but couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to write a book I was burned out from reading and writing and my brain honestly could not fathom how to compose words into a story-line into a book. I even made little booklets out of paper and staples, but the pages remained empty. As I realized I had burnout and writers block, depression began to sink in. If i couldn’t write a book, how could I write for a TV show or write a movie?
It wasn’t until I was first published in a poetry contest that I decided not to allow my fears to stand in the way of my goals. I had my eye on the target and my target had never been as clear. I won and was published. Throughout the decades I would strive to meet the challenges that life through my way and always rise to the top, because that is where I’ve always aimed to be. I remember when My publicist asked me to write down my 5 year personal and professional goals. My goals were to pay off my student loan, to have a daughter, to publish a book, and two other goals I can’t remember. Well, at the end of the 5 years, we looked back and discovered that I did so and I can tell you it feels amazing to 5 years later be able to say you reached all of your goals. Knowing this, I make that a way of life; setting goals and reaching them.My target was clear, so it was no surprise to me when I saw my book “A Quiet Time” on the shelves of Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.com. I soon learned the magic of setting specific goals and reaching them. Despite obstacles I face day in and day out, I still manage to achieve my goals.
For the members of the On The Rise community, becoming a star can seem so very distant of a goal to successfully obtain. There are so many obstacles that get in the way that seemingly makes your goals of success impossible. Lack of resources and lack of support are among the top reasons why people don’t make it., not to mention lack of faith. Sometimes other people come in and distract us and lead us into a different direction, setting us way behind schedule. Time does not stand still for anyone. Sometimes we stand in our own way of success due to making bad decisions or not having enough heart for the task. What we have to do is try to overcome the obstacles and revel in the opportunity.
Our dreams do not have to die. They do not have to be barren filled with snow. We need to make sure we take advantage of any and all opportunities if they feel right from within. You accept the challenge, whatever that may be. Do your best and do not stop doing your best. You keep your eye on the target and you don’t lose sight of it. And then…you reach the goal of stardom, whatever that means to you.
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