“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
– Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
This quote has always been my favourite. It may seem simple, but it means a lot to me. For me, our dreams manifest our journey to becoming the best version of ourselves. These contribute to our well-being and therefore, inspire us to do more than we think we are capable of. Dreams may be small, big, impossible, simple or difficult. It does not matter. The most important thing is that you dream, I dream, we dream. That’s more than enough.
Dreams lead us to a new world. Dreams provide us the experiences we need to be able to know what we are passionate about. Dreams open opportunities for us to discover what is innate in us. D
When I was younger, I enjoyed playing the piano, even if I did not know what I was playing. Because of this, my parents decided to enroll me in piano lessons. When they started, my passion for music and playing the piano grew. This long journey – the journey towards my dream – brought me to a new world. I was able to discover that yes, I may be good at something and that I would use this talent to catch my dreams and soon be able to inspire others.
Once we recognize what we really want to achieve, we must follow our heart’s desire. To dream is to do. Dreaming entails corresponding actions. Embracing one’s dreams is about inspiring others to not only live for themselves, but also live a life full of happiness and inspiration for others. Dream: to follow, to catch, to embrace.
Even if I have several things I want to achieve in the future, there are some things that are still vague and unclear for me. From my experiences in school, at home and with the people I interact with, I realized that even if I have concrete dreams, there is still an active search for what am I really meant to become and meant to do in this society and in this world. My dreams will only help me discover and encourage my passions and to help me pursue what makes me happy. I realize that no matter what my dreams are, the most important thing is that I will make use of these dreams to be able to make the world a better place. It may sound very cliché but when you thing about it, we are all called to contribute to making the world better. Dreams will be more meaningful if these dreams also inspire others.
This is how we embrace our dreams. It does not matter how small or how big that dream is. The true essence of our dreams is to be able to inspire others to dream as well.
By Raissa Marfa, regional intern at the WYA Asia Pacific office. To learn more about our internship program, click here.