Give someone validation and acceptance for their dreams, and you’ve given a gift more precious than anything you could ever know.
— Drew Medve (@DrewMedve) May 23, 2012
In today’s world, especially with the current economy, there is such a immense pressure on youth in particular to have everything mapped out before we can say the words “student loans”. This pressure can be unbearable to some, as they just aren’t sure if they have the confidence, talent and skill to peruse their dreams. Parents, in particular, put in place isolating standards of who they want their kids to become and its the kids themselves that often lose their way. What the parents seem to forget that he/she is someone today. Someone of importance and significance that has an untapped purpose in life. It seems to me that people in my generation aren’t encouraged by their most trusted figures in their lives to shoot for the stars and be all they can be because it just ain’t practical. They’re taught to get a good paying job with benefits and good holiday structuring, therefore settling for less because it’s the safe thing to do (and all they’re worth in their minds), and never really know “what if”. When did life become a job? When did practicability trump ambition and hunger?
I challenge you to be that person in someone’s life who’s encouragement and support can mean the difference between a destiny fulfilled and a destiny left behind. Especially for younger adults like myself. Encourage them to be dreamers. Make them believe they have their own destiny within them waiting to be brought to fruition. Sometimes all it takes is a “yes, you can” to instil a sense of hope and purpose in a brilliant mind. You just never know. The power of our dreams makes us infinite.