I came across an old notebook I used to keep in high school and college of things I wanted to remember. Truisms. Or things that seemed that way at the time. One truism that hangs over my desk at home today is:
Don't be afraid to attempt something new.
Remember, it was amateurs who built the ark.
It was professionals who built the Titanic.
My status as an amateur no longer seems like such a bad thing. My lack of a MBA no longer a deficit. No, my amateur status has put me heads above those pros who think they know it all. Oh I admit, there are SOME things I could use additional education in, but the lack no longer seems as great as it once did.
My degree (a totally unofficial one) you see, is in dreaming. I'm a world class expert in dreaming. No, Harvard doesn't offer degrees in Dreaming or even teach a class on "How to Dream 101" and Yale doesn't offer a graduate program called MD (Master of Dreamology). And I can't go to Stanford for a PhD in Dreams. No, some things you just have to learn on your own--you either do it or don't.
I mean, who would have thought Noah could build an ark and round up all those animals? Or that Columbus was right and the world really wasn't flat? Sometimes you just have to dare to believe. To take that chance, to tilt at windmills.
The next time someone tells you something is impossible remember this from Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol where the Queen and Alice are talking.
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Why as adults do we lose the belief in dreaming of and accomplishing the impossible? Why do we stop taking the time to dream and dream big. Return to your dreams. You know, the ones you've put away in the back of your closet or stored in a box under your bed. Get them out, dust them off, and dream again. Believe the impossible dreams--if it's good enough for a Queen...