Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy International Volunteers Day!

Here is a passage from one of my more frivolous reads:

“’Yes, but I’ve found most people harbor dreams of a more exciting vocation.  The one that’s too crazy to ever actually do.  The one that’s too hard, too much work, or just too ‘out there.’ The gas station attendant who dreams of being a rock star.  The accountant who wishes she’d taken art history classes instead of statistics.  People put their dreams off, either because they think it’s impossible, or because they’ll do it ‘someday.’’”

Don’t wait to make time for your dreams.  Just do it.  Follow your heart, and it’ll never lead you astray.

First and foremost, never undervalue what you have to offer.  Too many times I’ve heard people say that they don’t have the training, or the skills to be able to follow their dreams.  You have the passion, and that passion will evolve into the technical ability that will allow you to do the work that fulfills your desires. 

Did I think I could teach literacy to children with special needs? Never. But my dream was to serve abroad while learning about the realities of development.  By golly, I’m going to try my best to teach these kids that the gibberish symbols they see every second of their lives mean something.

Did I ever think that I would have the opportunity to teach dance and choreograph to my heart’s content? No. No. No. and No.  I was never the dancer.  I love dancing, but I don’t have the years of ballet that coincide with adult dance enthusiasts.  However, living in Grenada and continuing my exploration in movement has helped me realize that dance will always be a part of my life.

I don’t mean to say that my life is an example of perfection.  Rather, I want to encourage you, especially you younger siblings, to reach for your dreams.  Even though they may seem impossible, or wrong, just go for it.   It’s scary.  Following my dreams into international development is one of the scariest things I’ve done, but every moment of my life is so extremely satisfying that I will never settle for some half-life that doesn’t engage my passion and curiosity.  I’m not thinking about what I wish I would have done, but am expanding my goals and reaching out to the seemingly impractical to see what I can make of my life.

 No one is ordinary, so don’t force yourself to fit in. Dream big, and live large because if you have the will you will find the way.

Arushi, Mihir, Aarya: This one’s for you.  Don't be afraid to defy gravity. (See you 10 days!)