As John Lennon sang, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” I am that dreamer. As a child walking with my parents down the streets of Winnipeg, we would encounter homeless people. I would often wonder to myself, why do these people have nowhere to go? I committed myself to this idea that if I ever was a millionaire I would build apartment buildings to house these people. I would cook for them and help them get back on their feet. I know that at the tender age of six I didn’t fully grasp the extent of their situation, but I did understand something profound. I understood that the world didn’t have to be this way. That there had be a better way to co-exist and live in harmony.
Many times in my life I have been told I am idealistic. People would often tell me that world peace could never exist. That life was hard, and something you just survived. I’m not going to lie, it was hard finding the strength to stay positive when the world around me seemed to be lost in these preconceived notions that suffering was normal and even acceptable. There has been many times in my life that I lost hope. When I was in my 20s this sense of hopelessness was at it’s peak. I was deeply saddened and angry with all that was going on this world. I felt I couldn’t do anything about it, so why bother? Thoughts of negativity would swirl in my head, “Why try? I’m fighting a losing battle. No one cares anyways.” After years of living this way I created a space inside myself of such sadness, grief, and depression. The feelings of helplessness and hopeless was unbearable to live with. I knew that if I continued to live this way I was going to end up killing the very essence of who I am. Despite my struggles I knew I couldn’t deny what was my truth. I wanted to be that light for anyone in need. I wanted to inspire, and help others in any way I could. I wanted to share new ways of living and experiencing the world with a deeper sense of purpose. I wanted to live my life fighting for something instead of standing for nothing. I AM a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
The world needs more people out there that are inspiring change. Not just change on a personal level, but change on a global level. We need more doers, dreamers and believers. More light workers, healers and optimists. Don’t give up because there are things in the world around you that can discourage positivity. Don’t give up because you may be seen as different, or idealistic. Don’t give up because you were told that life is hard and you should accept what you know isn’t right. Don’t settle with being ordinary, be amazing. Be that light, if only for that one person, in that one moment. Continue to change the world around you one loving gesture at a time. Never give up, the world needs your light.