Don’t Forget to Dream
This morning while walking, I was reminded of a dream I had many, many years ago.
When I was a child, I lived on a street that was actually an alley. There were two houses, rows of lime green storage garages and the clubhouse of a motorcycle gang. The motorcycle gang was called the Thunder Guards, and that’s exactly what they sounded like.
Back then, I dreamt of living in a peaceful place; a place like the Brandywine Park.
The Brandywine was within walking distance so I was free to go there to dream. It was like a fairytale complete with a river, waterfalls and marsh grass. The trees were bright green and the air was sweet.
I dreamt of living in a place like that, far from the alley where I actually lived.
This morning while walking down my road, I remembered the dream and realized to my joy that I was standing in the center of that childhood dream.
As soon as I made the connection, I thought of the other dreams that have informed my life. I recalled how every night I wished on a star that one day I would be able to go to that faraway place called college, paid for by the father who would come and reclaim me.
I did get to college. It was with the help of a beautiful man named Terry Evenson who became like a father to me.
I dreamt that one day I would entertain, educate and uplift folks and that I’d be able to make a living at it and I do.
And I fantasized that one day I would write books that young dreamers like me would read and I’m doing that too.
Everything starts with a dream; every theory, idea and invention. Every book, song, building, park and fashion design started with someone’s imagination at work.
Today, take a moment to dream. Allow your mind’s eye to conjure the most wonderful and positive notion it can create and then give yourself 5 minutes to dream.
You be so glad that you did.
Be you, be well, be a dreamer.
Bertice Berry, PhD