As the years have worn on and I've grown up, I've tried and failed to dream big, to not be "like the rest of them". There were times in college when I went along with what everyone else was doing, and I wasn't strong. There have been times when I've thrown my dreams out the window and been caught living in a comfortable, easy manner...rather than a brave one. And at times, I've listened to the negative voices - the ones that say "you can't do that, your life will never change, your dreams will never come true, your ideas are silly." And instead of taking the risk of painting with colorful, vibrant brushtrokes, I opted for muted, beige ones...just in case I made a mistake, just so no one would criticize me.
Free from the thief of joy which is comparison. Free from fear of failing...fear of being made fun of, fear of being unique and different. Free to dance. Free to sing. Free to twirl around and be myself. Free to be creative. Free to love and laugh and to pursue big, crazy dreams.
So, my friend - let the haters hate. Let the naysayers criticize. Ignore the negative words. Don't listen to the dream-killers. And always remember, people throw rocks and things that shine, as the song says.
And I'm not just saying this is a nice thought, a happy feeling, or a mantra I want you to chant until you feel it's true. It is truth. It is real, life-changing truth that you and I can boldly walk in....all because Jesus died on the cross and rose again, which we celebrate this weekend, we are free.
to love like crazy.
to live to the fullest.
to dream as big as the sky.
and to know... to really know that you are free, indeed.
Today, as I was thinking about this truth...I took my light orange pen (appropriately Easter colored) and wrote this in my sketch book of inspiration: