Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman
These words mean so much to me when I feel like I am stumbling over my own feet, chasing my dreams till they disappear around the corner and I stand bereft and out of breath. These words haunt my core because I know that I am so much more, I am capable of so much more, and I am scared to think of the power that I could unleash if I didn’t clutch the wings of my dreams so tightly to my chest.
I want to embrace the reality of my dreams and not be pressed against the windowpane looking in on what could have been. I want to feel the magic, come alive with spirit, soar above the realm. I do not want dreams whispered in my ear. I want the rooftops to echo with my vibrance, the buildings to reverberate my words, the sky to radiate shards of brilliance.
I do not want to be an innocent bystander in my own life.
Harriet’s words shake me to my core. She says I have the strength, but do I? Because I am standing on this diving board which is my beloved comfort zone, and I am looking down at this proverbial water, wondering if I can do it. Can I lift my feet off of this board and dive into this next phase of my life? I am scared but Harriet says I can do it. She says that I can stop the rain and reach for the stars.
I want to believe her, I really do.
But my comfort zone is my hearth, and with it, I am home. And that is a hard thing to give up because you see, it is quite comfortable here in my comfort zone. I know where everything goes and I know where everything is. But I admit, when the world is asleep and my brain is turning round and round like a hamster on its wheel, I admit to myself that my comfort zone is starting to feel a bit cramped. It is cozy and all the conveniences are here. But I know there is more out there. I see it. I want it.
I am choosing to believe that Harriet’s words are a blueprint for me, this next new phase of my life. She says I have the strength and I believe her.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
And that dreamer is me.