As a young girl, I used to enjoy sitting outside at night gazing at the stars. I was so fascinated by their brilliance. As I watched the stars, I would often dream about whom I wanted to be and what I wanted to do when I grew up. As a child, did you ever daydream about what your future life would be like? Did you ever get lost in thoughts of how you would accomplish your dreams and live a successful and abundant life? I am sure at some point we all had visions and perhaps still have visions of what our future would be like.
The reality is that I didn’t start to realize my dreams until I was in my late thirties. As a matter of fact, with the many hurdles life threw at me, at some point during my life journey, I absolutely forgot that I had dreams! Life has a way of throwing curves balls at you and placing what may seem like unmovable mountains in your path. Sadly, this was the case for me. As a matter of fact, there was this low period in my life when I wanted to take my own life – it was that bad. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the place where it seemed like you were not just bruised but also broken but I can tell you it’s not a happy place to exist.
But alas suicide was not to be my fate. The stars must have aligned when my mentor entered my life. This was a relationship that was not sought out but it was one that was desperately needed to help me turn my life around, embrace my purpose, take bold and sometimes vulnerable steps and set me on the path to living my best life. My mentor pushed and challenged me sometimes to the point where I thought he was trying to kill me. It reminded me of the scene in the movie Wonder Woman when she was being trained and being consistently told she had more inside of her and that she was stronger than she knew. My mentor helped me to break barriers and shatter limitations. As a result of him pushing me to my limits, I began to dream again. I vividly remembered my stargazing days. I remembered the life that I’d envisioned and I was so encouraged to chase my dreams.
As you think about your life particularly if you are stuck, have you considered a mentor? Have you analyzed your friendships and associations? My grandmother used to tell me all the time that birds of a feather flock together. Who is in your flock? How are those nearest to you helping or hindering you? Are you stuck? What do you need to move from despair to fulfilling your destiny? Figure out who you need to align with to help you move forward even if in tiny steps. I believe you can do it – whatever it is. I hope that you believe in you as well.
Listen, we’ve all made mistakes in our lives. Don’t get hung up on those. Look ahead with hope that a brighter day will come.