Martin Luther King, Jr. was a dreamer.
He was also an inspiration and role model to many. While his dream and ours might not be the same thing, being a dreamer is so important. In his "I Have a Dream" speech, he shared that his dream was for all men and women to be treated as equals regardless of their skin color. His dreams were far more than what he saw at night when he closed his eyes.
As the mother of child who is a different race and the aunt of five blended nieces and nephews, I hope this is indeed true. However, my dreams aren't just about equality in mankind. Perhaps my dreams are more selfish, but nonetheless, they are mine. Let me share some of them with you.
For some time, I've been dreaming about publishing my own children's book. I've got the manuscript all nailed down and now I am working on finding a good illustrator to help me make this dream a reality. Seeing your name on the shelf of a bookstore must be one of the greatest accomplishments anyone could ever have. Let alone all of those amazing writers who have published several books.
I dream about one day owning my very own successful business. Through that, I hope to one day have enough money to pay for a brand new luxury car and vacation home with cash. I realize that money can't buy happiness, but for once in my life, I want to be able to do these things without much effort or thought. It's a long time goal and I am going to do it.
I sometimes stare off into the distance and think about starting a foundation for families who want to adopt, but can't afford to. Would that help to eliminate the orphan crisis if somebody was willing to pay the bill for families? I know what it costs to adopt a child internationally and let me tell you, it's enough to scare anyone away. If you want to hear more about our adoption story, check out Adoption: Finding Joy In The Journey.
I think and dream about my children and what their futures will be like. What will they be when they grow up? Will they go to college? Who will they marry? And grandchildren! I dream about them too. I've always heard that this one of life's most cherished roles and I am excited to see what life is like when all of that falls into place.
All of these dreams are things that have come to light as I age. You see, when I was a child, my dreams were quite different. When I was in elementary school, I dreamed about things like having my first boyfriend, driving a car, going to prom, and graduating from high school. As I started high school, I began dreaming about going to college, finding Mr. Right, and getting married. Then, once we did all that, my dreams changed again and we began dreaming about becoming parents, adopting, and buying a house. As time has passed, many of my dreams have come to be a reality for me and others are still in the works.
Do you dream?
Do you let your mind wander into places that are too good to be true? Letting your imagination run wild with hopes about the future is such a healthy thing to do. Dreams are just another form of a hope or a goal. Sure, sometimes they don't come true, but what if they do?
I recently took time to go on a date with my husband. It isn't something we do often, but we try to every once in a while. We went to the theater and watched "The Greatest Showman." This story was based on the life of P.T. Barnum, the man who created the circus under the big top. Early in the movie, the young Phineas sings a song called "A Million Dreams." In the song, he describes the colors and things that he sees in his mind. He worked hard and followed his dreams and for him, they all came true. But what if he didn't dream? What if he just kept accepting the status quo with no hope for a better life?
Teach Your Children To Dream
As a parent, I hope my kiddos remember when I talk to them about my dreams. I hope I inspire them to have big dreams too. From time to time, I try to ask them about their hopes and dreams. My husband and I get a kick out of what they say when we ask what they want to be when they grow up. We talk to them about going to college, finding love, and having children. More importantly, we try to teach them about the value of helping others and how we hope one day they will be strong leaders. More than anything, I hope they realize that it doesn't matter if they are red, yellow, black, or white. They matter. Teaching kids to dream is so important because it teaches them to always reach for something more. You just never know where life will lead them. After all, you might just find yourself raising a world renowned performer or a civil rights activist.
Check out this neat MLK Day Celebration. This event kicks off at 9am on Monday, January 15th and it is a great way to celebrate with your whole family. You can march with the group, enjoy the festival, and also drop off your donations for the food bank. This is an important event you won't want to miss!