If I told you that you could ascend the summit of Mount Everest you might think I’m crazy. You might think I’m certifiably nuts if I told you that I can stand atop Mount Everest. Both are the truth. And both are fabrication. We each decide which it will be. Do you desire to climb Mount Everest? I don’t know. I can tell you that I have no desire whatsoever to spend three weeks of my life pursuing Everest. Not now, not ever.
But, some people do and they’re given labels like crazy, insane, nuts, etc. I think that is unfortunate, because all they are doing is pursuing a dream. Take Jordan Romero, for example. He’s a 13 year old boy who, this week, stood atop the highest peak in the world. Not to set some world record. But because he had a dream. He believed in himself enough to share this dream with his parents who have helped him achieve it and not let other people quash it.
Many people have voiced negativity about the parents’ decision to allow Jordan to climb Everest. Why? I’m not sure why because I can’t fathom how supporting your child and ensuring their safety while encouraging them to pursue their dream and passion can be wrong. But, then again some people can’t find joy in another person’s success. And in my book that’s just wrong.
As children we had dreams. We had goals of becoming something and doing things and going places. And no matter what our friends or siblings would say we’d just look at them and say ‘Oh, yah, watch me!’ and we’d stomp away with our dream firmly planted in our brain and our heart.
Life has a way of stomping on our hopes and dreams sometimes. We begin to doubt ourselves, wondering if maybe ‘they’ were right and our dreams are silly. They’re not! But, as time goes on we often push our dreams further and further to the back. We may think they’re not important or that they’re childish. We begin to discount ourselves.
When that starts to happen it’s easy to lose sight of the underlying principle – that by believing in ourselves anything is possible. No matter what it is we want, if we want it bad enough we’ll figure out how to get it.
When I was a kid I said I wanted to be a lawyer. I know, kids say all kinds of things. I was 7. No one in my family had gone to graduate school. I was living in public housing with my brother and single-parent mom. College, much less law school, was not something people around me aspired to. But I did. And I talked to people about how I could become a lawyer and what I needed to do to get to college. I wanted that and I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me it was impossible. Yes, it took me nearly 20 years but I did become a lawyer! And I was proud of myself because it wasn’t an easy path but regardless of the obstacles I kept going.
I believe in me! I believe that anything I want to do can be done. I believe that my passion and determination will get me through anything. I believe that I am worth dreaming for!
10 words. 20 letters.
If it is to be it is up to me!