SideWalk Ghosts / Interview 133: “Don’t Sweat The Small Things,” Dare To Dream

Meghan, Intern, 20th Century Fox, Photo Department

“No matter how far ahead in the future you plan, unexpected things  get in the way. Try to live in the now and enjoy the moment.”

“’There is nothing to stress or pull your hair out about, and if the worse possible thing happens, it will always get better.  We need to realize that even the small things that stress us are exactly that, ‘small things,’ so why stress.’”

“Take a chance, do it now, and don’t waste time. Realize that molds are meant to be broken, and there are no boundaries other than your own mind. So unless it is a physical wall stopping you, don’t over-think it, and just do it.”

Hypothetical question – so when you consider it know that I am not asking for a long log of comments; just think of it as a point for reflection, a brain test of sorts, and a life check that I am inspired to propose after spending time with Meghan, the author of the above points-of-view.

I’m not asking for drastic change. No one needs to quite his or her job, to self-destruct personal lives (although I’ve been there, done that) or their stuff, or commit to the life of a wandering gypsy.

What I am asking is this: “When was the last time you dared to dream?”

So many of our 365 friends have given us countless perspectives on what it means to follow our heart. From youthful energy to aged and hard-earned experiences from the school of hard-knocks, this through-line has been a constant. A constant that I do not seek after, pre-screen or direct to find, but one that continuously re-emerges in one form or another.

I’ve been screamed at, hugged, offered food, run from, referred, ignored and embraced; and all in all, every moment, fantastic or terrible, has continued to challenge me, and I sincerely hope for us that we can look at each other with acceptance and compassion. We are all dreamers, for without dreams, how can we rise to greatness?

As Meghan has inspired me today in her council: “Take a chance, do it now, and don’t waste time. Realize that molds are meant to be broken, and there are no boundaries other than your own mind.”

I’ve taken a few hits lately, being called over-optimistic. You know, I can live with that, it has served me well and I can openly exclaim with a fullness of breath, “Every time I have swayed from the path of optimism the walls have appeared.”

Walls that Meghan so eloquently understands; walls that place invisible boundaries, not of mortar or brick or steal, but walls non-the-less. Walls that each and every one of us has the power to crumble with meekness and only the simplest of acts.

As said by one of my 365 friends, Kim,It’s cooler to see a lot of people doing a little than a few people doing a lot.” 

“So, Richard, what is this little thing you are talking of?”

First, I take no claim for my above thoughts, and giving credit where credit is due, they are prompted by Meghan when she makes this observation of the world:

“People, media and society in general need to stop identifying people’s ability or make assumptions as to who they are inside based on what they see. Too many make assumptions as to the history, ability, character or future of a person based on race, heritage, religion, gender, background or other first impressions, especially in this country. I’ve experienced this, being a Hispanic Woman living in Southern California.”

Meghan says, “Realize that molds are meant to be broken, and there are no boundaries other than your own mind.”

“What molds do we place on ourselves and others?”

And of boundaries, per Meghan, “Find out who the person is inside before you make any determination as to who they truly are, and in what they do, or can do, for society.

“No matter how far ahead in the future you plan, unexpected things get in the way. Try to live in the now and enjoy the moment.” True, but Meghan, sounds like you are talking of dreams. Dreams, in my opinion, come from within, and if we are obsessed with what is to come, how can we be receptive to letting go and accepting what brings us the greatest joys in life.

We are all dreamers, but as I challenged earlier, “Do we dream?”

It’s not always about the path of life, but better, the journey. A journey we are all on, regardless of race, heritage, religion or gender.

As for Meghan, she set the bar for all us dreamers in her response regarding her future: “Honestly, I’m not really sure, whatever it is I know I’ll enjoy it and be happy.”

It is obvious that Meghan is enjoying the ride and inspires us to join her. May all her, and our, dreams come true.

2 comments

  1. KickIt

    I think you hit it on the head for me: “Every time I have swayed from the path of optimism the walls have appeared.”

    I’d rather be over-optimistic in all things, than live a life of doubt, pessimism and fear. Thank you for this post.

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