“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Life often beats dreams out of us. Practicality takes over, and before long a mortgage and car note have us sitting in an office or cubicle typing some minutia that means nothing in the end.
Sometime in adulthood, usually around the age of thirty, our youth-obsessed American culture says if we have not become a “success, ” hang it up and accept mediocrity. Perhaps it’s the rebel and activist in me, but I refuse to surrender and live outside my destiny. I am worth the life, the dreams, I seek.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
– Albert Einstein
It’s one of the reasons I founded Live In Color blog earlier this year. I dream of reaching millions of people through the power of words, photography, and video, with messages of empowerment, inspiration and hope.
Nothing in my background says I dare dream so boldly. My family is not wealthy. There are no degrees from Harvard, Yale or Princeton University hanging on the wall, no extensive connections. Still, none of this will stop me. Why should it?
Every invention, work of art, or piece of music we enjoy exists because someone, somewhere, did not apologize for their dream and pursued it relentlessly.
So, no, I am not sorry for dreaming, climbing out of boxes, stifling stereotypes and limitations people place on women, people of color and mothers. Our dreams have no expiration date. I will dream and work until my last breath, no apologies. No regrets.
Live In Color! – Emelda
I’m Not Sorry – The Movement
Join us in the I’m Not Sorry movement. It’s about accepting ourselves, our flaws, our truths, without regret and judgement. Do it in this moment. Stop apologizing for yourself, and start living!
We’re releasing details soon about a reader contest. We want to hear from you about what you are not sorry about.