Your dreams are valid!

by: Deborah Y. Pratt

Your Weekly Motivation

While accepting her award at this year’s ‘Oscars’ as “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in the movie, “12 Years a Slave,” Lupita Nyong’o said, “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” 

Born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, Lupita was raised in Kenya. She later moved to the United States to pursue her dreams of a career in the arts and later graduated from the Acting Program of Yale School of Drama, Yale University. At the age of 30, “12 Years a Slave,” was her feature film debut and she received an Oscar for her outstanding performance!

I found her quote, which was said with much emotion, to be quite profound, “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”  Sometimes as Bahamians we think or are told that because we're from these little islands of The Bahamas, certain dreams that we have may be far-fetched. Some parents are even guilty of crushing their children’s dreams, discouraging them from pursuing certain careers because they may feel that it is not feasible. We must teach our children that their dreams are valid and that they should never allow anyone to belittle them because they are from The Bahamas. 

We have had many Bahamians who have been successful on the world stage. Our very own Sir Sidney Poitier himself was an Oscar winner. Many Bahamian athletes such as our Golden Girls and Golden Knights have made their mark internationally. As Bahamians we are very talented. It does not matter that we are from this little country on the map, our dreams are valid.

Our dreams are not determined by our place of birth; if God places a dream in your heart it does not matter where you are from, if you are passionate about the dream, you will achieve it.

Your dreams may not necessarily be fulfilled in your homeland. In today’s highly technical world of social media etc., where the world is literally at our finger tips, people are being recognized for their talents via the World Wide Web. We must begin to think globally, have open minds and be willing to spread our wings. 

Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

What are those dreams that you have that seem so far-fetched right now?  Do you have the courage to pursue them? If your dream is to come to fruition, it is up to you. You must be determined no matter what the naysayers may say.  

People may try and discourage you and tell you all sorts of reasons why they believe you can’t achieve your dreams but you must believe in your dream even if no one else does. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Your dreams are valid; they are substantial. If it is something that you are really passionate about, something that keeps you awake at night, you find yourself constantly thinking of it and how to go about achieving it, then it is your dream. You must continue to persevere in spite of obstacles that you may face. A quote by an unknown author says, “If God has given you the vision, he will make the provision,” in other words he will make a way for you to achieve your dream.  Remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)

Your dream is valid but you must be the one to validate it, to substantiate or confirm it, to make it happen. What is your excuse? Is it that you are from The Bahamas? Is it that you don’t think that your dream will work in our country or that others are telling you it can’t happen?

Steven Conrad said, “Don't ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. You got a dream, you got to protect it.”

Stop the excuses. Do not allow regrets to take the place of your dreams. If you haven’t yet begun to, begin to pursue your dreams today! Revitalize the passion that you once had for that dream that you allowed others to cause you to give up on.

Remember, “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”

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Published  Thursday, July 17, 2014 

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