I haven’t seen her for about a year. She returned from a stay abroad. Her eyes are shining and sparkling now.
Last time we met for a coffee she was tense, her white-collar job forcing her into a pattern many white collars follow. That time dark circles marked her eyes. Today, she was happy, calm, flawless, bright, excited, emotionally generous, ageless.
She follows her dream. A vegetarian café. Over the last half a year, she has done an internship at a vegetarian restaurant abroad, getting her hands dirty in the kitchen, in parallel to on-line courses on nutrition and business. Next on her list is an internship with a restaurants management business somewhere in Belgium.
Her mind is busy, her soul is blossoming. She follows her dream. She is over her guilt and sense of obligation to her law degree. The world is hers. Here, or there, on this continent or another, she will open a vegetarian café.
She made me think of my child. What makes children happy, makes parents happy. Even if we see our kids in a white-collar job they will want to trade one day for an apron.
“ – What did your dream about last night, sweetheart?
– A prince, replies my two year old princess with a nonchalance I envy (especially when I am to respond to a large and diverse audience).”
When was it last time you had a ‘prince’ or a ‘princess’ in your dreams? And ‘never’ is not an acceptable response. Neither is “there are not enough royalty to dream about’. Because it’s not at all about that.
It’s about dreams. About wings’. About aspirations. Positive ambition. Emulation. Reverie. It’s about climbing your own Everest. Or acquiring your own Holy Grail. Didn’t Martin Luther King start with “I have a dream…”? ….
Remember ‘Peter Pan”? His prescription is simple “all you have to do is to think of a happy little thought”.
If it does not work right away, remember :
“All it takes is a little bit of trust!’.
And here we gooooo, we can fly!
My dream? To become a goodwill ambassador for kids. So that They can Fly!