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On Raising a Dreamer
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“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
There are two things that all of the Disney princesses have in common — beautiful dresses and gowns, and the ability to dream. Growing up, I had my share of fancy dresses. But what I also had was that same ability to dream. It was something that I carried with me into adulthood. But for me, dreaming wasn’t enough. Eventually I learned that dreams do not come true by being stagnant.
When my firstborn arrived, I began dreaming in ways I had never dreamed before, and I started to work harder than I ever had to help my dreams become a reality. In the eyes of my children, I have found the courage and strength not only to dream up dreams, but to do everything I can to make them come to fruition.
When I look at my children, I see the very essence of my dreams in the form of two precious beings, and I feel inspired to keep dreaming and to keep reaching. It is my belief that I am raising two little dreamers. My oldest already shares with me the things that she longs to do in life, and I know very soon Lola will do the same — whether it is toddler-aged dreams of being a beautiful princess with fairy-like powers, or the pre-teen dreams of being a fashion designer and making the world better.
One of my favorite Disney dreamers was Ariel. Despite having lived her entire life in the sea, she dreamed of a life on the shore. Both curious and adventurous, Ariel longed to be a human. She wasn’t afraid to leave the comforts of the life she had always known. She followed her heart, and eventually it led her to a life on land. The life she had always dreamed of.
In the words of Cinderella, “A dream is a wish that your heart makes,” and my heart wishes that my children will have the courage to make their dreams come true. Whether it is a calculated methodological decision or a leap of faith, I hope that they will have the drive, ambition and just enough fearlessness to go after their dreams. And in the event that things don’t go as planned, I hope that they will have the ability to be kind to themselves, at the same time pressing forward knowing that the world needs people like them. The world needs dreamers.
Princesses create quite the legacy. I hope that my princesses create one not rooted in the beautiful clothes that they wear, being the fairest in all of the land, the castle (house) they reside in, or the carriage (car) they drive. Instead, I hope that it is rooted in the fact that they aren’t afraid to scuff up their party shoes or roll up the sleeves of their ball gowns. And that they will be willing to put forth the work that it takes to make their dreams come true — because they realize that if it’s worth dreaming of, then quite possibly it’s worth doing too.