Monday, December 1, 2014

Time to Live Your Dream

By Marcia Grey
Student: Brooklyn College, City University of New York

On a typical day on a tropical island, the sun blazed from a blue sky and caused blinding sparkles across the sea. I stood on the edge of the pier watching the cargo boat slowly pulling into the harbor. In two hours, I would be verifying the cargo listed on the manifest in my hand. The work I had been doing for many years was no longer a source of pride. I have always wanted to study sociology and play a role in social development in my country. It was on that hot day that I decided to pursue a degree in sociology in New York City.

Dreams are like kites that are anxious to take flight when the wind beckons them. Dreams are like a pupa, waiting to burst forth with wings. Everyone has dreams that come in all shapes, sizes and colors. It is common and sometimes painful to hear people talk about dreams that they’ve had since childhood or at one point in their lives but never made the time to pursue them. I have also heard people say that it is too late to pursue their dreams -- that they have too many responsibilities or that they’re simply too old to chase a dream. I was one of those people who thought that I was too old, with too many responsibilities, to accomplish my dream of studying sociology. First, I am not the traditional age of a college student, and secondly, I am a mother and wife. But one day I had a revelation, a kind of dream where I saw myself doing what I love!

Time is but one way of measuring life’s progress, and it should never be used to deter anyone from accomplishing their goals. Have you ever heard the cliché that as long as there is life, there is hope? This is true for many who have decided to stop making excuses and start working toward accomplishing their dreams. Like the butterfly waiting to spread its wings, or the kite yearning for higher skies, a dream that lays restless in the heart sits in bondage. A dream is a gift that needs to be enjoyed, if only one has the courage.

My dream never died, but I held it tucked away in my heart while I continued to live an unfulfilled life. I am like a fully realized butterfly or kite now that I am pursuing studies in America. I hope to graduate in a few months. The virtues of courage, hope and faith are my constant companions on this journey of self-fulfillment.

Marcia Grey is an international student from the Caribbean island of Grenada. She has changed careers twice and is in the U.S to fulfill her dreams. She is pursuing a degree in sociology with the goal of becoming a public administrator in the area of social development.

1 comment:

  1. Good going Marcia! You are living testimony to many of us who probably thought it couldn't be done!


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