“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
“This is your world. Shape it or someone else will” – Gary Lew
After work today, I decided to grab something to eat at Panda Express. One of the best moments of my day was opening up the fortune cookie and reading this: “For success today, look first to yourself” – Unknown. You may be wondering why this phrase is so significant to me. Well, let me tell you…
For a while now, it has been my desire to be apart of an Open Mic in my city. Only problem is, I have yet to find one where I feel at home, comfortable performing on a regular basis. I have become extremely impatient, trying to trust God, but yet nothing happening. It gets difficult to have faith, to trust in something that you cannot see. I think that is the very reason we continue to go through various things in life, to teach us how to have faith and to believe in a higher being, which for me, is Jesus Christ.
Now, one thing I failed to mention before, is that prior to being where I am at now in my life, I had felt that it was the right thing for me to do, to stop going to an Open Mic workshop/poetry slam. This particular Open Mic that I was participating in was beginning to feel like a second family to me. Not only that, but great opportunities were coming my way also, just by being there. So, you can imagine how difficult it was for me to separate myself from it. I won’t go into detail right now about why I decided to stop going, but ultimately, it was because I knew that God had something else, better for me, planned in my future. All I had to do was leave it behind, and never look back. I can’t say that I haven’t looked back.. But, I have not gone back.
Though the journey thus far has been long and rugged, I’ve always had my passion to keep me going. I won’t lie, my passion subsided a bit, after not performing for so long, and all I was doing what going to school, going to work and church. Sure, I’d perform an old piece at an Art Festival or church event here and there.. Still, I wasn’t writing nor performing like I had been. That was my mistake.
No matter how long your waiting period is, never let your passion fade. It is possible, but if its meant to be, then your dreams will never completely die, but you may need them revived. Even when it seems like nothing is happening, something IS happening. You have to stay strong, you have to have faith. It’s easier said then done, especially when you are trusting in something you can’t see. But, I promise you, if you stay on the right path, your dreams can and will come true, sooner or later.
I never though that I would be where I am today. I am in the middle of planning my first Open Mic Night at my church, of which, I will be hosting myself. It’s crazy!! I’m a poet, not an MC. I never imagined that this is what I would be doing. However, sometimes your dreams come true in ways you don’t expect them too. I don’t have a clue where this road is going to lead. All I know, is that all this is happening for a reason beyond what I can comprehend at this moment. Life happens when you least expect it. Good things come to those who wait. It’s a bit cliche to say, but it’s true.
Never be fooled. Although I am taking the mic and creating an opportunity for myself rather than waiting for one to come my way, it doesn’t always work that way. Not everything in life will be handed to you and not everything, if it’s meant to be, will happen when you think it should. And, if you are at all religious, then it may be best to trust in the one you believe created you and your destiny rather than jumping too quickly.
I have been waiting for so long.. Okay, maybe not that long, but it’s seemed like a hell of a long time to me! My point is that, I had to wait until God said it was time. I couldn’t ask my pastor if I could put this together and have it at our church until I had the courage enough to do so. And, I’m the type of person, I like to make as little mistakes as possible. So, I’m naturally too stubborn to move until its time to anyway. Well, most of the time. Hey, I’m not saying I’m perfect. I’m just trying to say that your dreams can come true. They may not come when, where and how you’d like, but in the end, its whats best for you and the people around you.
Life isn’t all about dreams coming true, sadly. Terrible, violent, and discouraging things happen everyday that can hinder us from moving forward. Though stumbling blocks may be put in our way, it’s only for a season. It’s only a matter of time before you and your balloons are flying high above it all. And you too.. will “shine bright like a diamond in the sky” – Rihanna
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