Jasmine's Place Issue No. 9 - January/February 2014 - Page 9

I can remember always being the kid with my head floating not in the clouds, but far above the clouds. I thought I could fly. For real. And don’t think I didn’t try several times. I know it sounds naïve, but in those days my measurement of success only depended on my joy of the adventure. I spent the better part of my days in the front of the mirror in my childhood home dreaming. That mirror was a doorway into an adventure. When I peered through its shiny surface, I could travel to exotic locations, meet extraordinary people and have the grandest adventures. You see, I knew then that dreams weren’t solely for nighttime slumber. No ma’am. The universe let me in on a secret early in my life. The best dreams a person can dream are the dreams that come during the full light of day. In those dreams, I was invincible. Nothing was impossible for me. I was ready to change the world. I dreamed I could make a difference. I believed my voice, my thoughts and my opinions mattered. I believed somehow, someway I could use it to change my environment. While I’m grateful for the capacity to dream, I’m even more grateful I grew up in an environment that cultivated, and didn’t stifle, my fragile, yet powerful dreams. I spent the better part of my days in the front of the mirror in my childhood home dreaming. That mirror was a doorway into an adventure. When I peered through its shiny surface, I could travel to exotic locations, meet extraordinary people and have the grandest adventures. As I travel speaking, I am disheartened as I look into the sad, discouraged eyes of women and see that the dream they held close to their hearts in their youth has dwindled and sometimes even died. I can tell by the slump in their shoulders and their slow purposeless gait, that they have given up...all because they never had the opportunity to meet three people. Though I didn’t realize it then, I now know, that every dreamer needs to meet three people. Not an army, not even a crowd. Just. Three. People. JASMINE'S PLACE 9