You Gave Up on Your Dreams & You Don’t Even Realize It
By Kween Klarke
When I was a young girl, you could always find me somewhere with a box of Crayola crayons, a stack of blank print paper, and a coloring book. I would always let my imagination run as far as it possibly could when it came to creating the perfect masterpiece to my liking. I would draw things like castles, oceans, houses, flowers, blocked letters and more, in various colors. When you are a kid, you are allowed to let your imagination take over; there are no limits when it comes to setting goals or dreaming a dream.
I have a few questions for you:
1.) What or who did you want to be before the world told you to be more realistic?
2.) Why did you go against what your heart truly wanted?
3.) Are you sitting on your gifts and talents because someone told you that you needed to be more realistic?
Pause. Take a moment to think about it.
One of the biggest problems we have is allowing someone to sway our way of thinking, especially when it comes to shooting for the stars. We allow people who didn't even go after their dreams to convince us that "it will never happen," lending our ears to hear their sorry excuses as to why.
Another big problem is we swallow every word when a person says "you need to go where the money is!" So, we immediately drop our dreams and start thinking of professions that make a ton of money, essentially abandoning our gifts, what's truly in our hearts.
Proverbs 18:16 is a powerful statement that states: "A man's gift makes room for him" (NKJV). What you were designed to be known for is your gift. God has placed a gift on the inside of each and every single one of us. It is this gift that will enable you to fulfill your vision. It will make a way for you in life. It is in exercising this gift that you will find real fulfillment, purpose, and contentment in your work.
We have to remember that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over! The notion that it's "too late" to do anything or that something is not "realistic" is comical.
We must not lose the sense of possibility because in the end, it is all we have. You have just one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don't see you?
Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what makes you feel good. Take risks. Write your story. Pick up your crayons and KOLOUR YOUR WORLD. Create your own meaning of beauty and success. Make yourself proud. So choose your life, and don't let life choose you.