We can all agree that people like Mandela, MLK, Mother Teresa, Princess Diana and Oprah are inspiring. I however assert that inspiration is all around us.
I would like to share a story of a friend I have known since kindergarten. She happens to be one of the few female helicopter pilots in the world today. She was my classmate in kindergarten, primary and high school. On her blog she tells the story of seeing a helicopter for the very first time in primary school and wondering what kind of machinery it was. And there her dream to be a helicopter pilot began. I am sure there were times her dream seemed far fetched. And sure, there must have been some discouragers and dream killers along the way. But the fact that she achieved her dream tells me that she did overcome.
This story is amazing to me, because I vividly remember the helicopter landing on a soccer field in Nyeri primary school. Some dignitary had decided to stop by to visit his daughter who was attending the same school. And as kids we all poked our heads out of the window trying to catch a glimpse of this creature. And to imagine that one of those kids poking their heads out, drew inspiration from that moment, and never let that dream go. She went for gold.
She blogs about her experience on http://skids4kids.blogspot.com/. Check out her blog, it will inspire you.
How often do we discard our dreams because we have concluded erroneously or otherwise that they are unreachable, too grand, too far fetched, and oh my, “what will other people say!”
I implore you today, to go back and dust off those dreams sitting in the shelves at the backroom of your mind.
Reevaluate them. Ask yourself why that dream existed at that time. Have the courage to determine if those dreams are still exciting to you; not all childhood dreams will excite you as an adult. And for those worth pursuing, though you may not clearly see how, make them a priority. Find a mentor. Find inspiration near and far. Determine to not let your dreams grow mold and dust again.
Success is not about achieving what someone else has achieved. Success is continuously reaching your individual goals.
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