I was cleaning out my desk a few days ago and I found something that a dear friend gave me years ago just before I graduated from college. She knew that I was having doubts about being a teacher and that I really *wanted* to be a writer. I can't remember if this was a graduation, Christmas, or birthday gift (sorry, severe mommy brain prevents me from remembering these kinds of details), but I remember how I felt when I received it. Relief. Gratitude. Happiness.
So what was the gift? It was a framed quote. Now I can hear some of you - Yeah, yeah, so what? What's the big deal?
Well, it's the quote itself. I have no idea who the author is, but it was so inspiring to me. It said:
If you imagine, you can begin. If you believe, you can achieve. If you start now, you can fulfill...your dreams.
Pretty cool, huh? I was relieved because someone finally understood that I had a dream and it wasn't stupid of me to want to pursue it. I felt gratitude because she was the first person to get that dream. And I was happy because it made me feel that my dream wasn't some childish fantasy.
I used to have that quote next to my computer, and I'm not sure how it was lost in all of the junk in my desk - I'm gonna blame the kiddos:) But now I have it proudly diplayed again next to my laptop.
So do you have anything that inspires you? Have you ever had somebody help you realize that your dreams are valid?