“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Almost thirteen years ago, August 2001, my pregnant mother and I boarded a flight from Kingston, Jamaica to travel to the big city of Atlanta, Georgia. Our final destination: Wesleyan College in Macon, aka Mac Town, Georgia. I remember the people at the airport giving my mother a hard time; she was in fact, 7 months pregnant with my little brother. But there was NO WAY they were going to stop her from taking her daughter, her first born, to college.
You see, about a year before that I came up with the brilliant idea of attending college in the United States. My plan at that time was to attend college and then apply to law school to one day become an attorney. REALLY! [Toneille Raglan, Rochelle Gordon, and Samantha Burke can attest to the fact that we’ve been talking about law school decades ago under the tree at St. Andrew High School – ironically, we are all lawyers – for better or worst]. My mom didn’t exactly know how she was going to handle the financial restraints of sending me overseas, alone, for college. But we both stepped out in faith that day!
As happy as I was, I still vividly remember sitting on the airplane, crying. It was a mixture of sadness and sorrow about leaving my family and friends behind, and also fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of change! How will I manage on my own? How will I navigate in a foreign county? What will I eat? But I knew then, a window of opportunity had opened for me, and I would either seize it then, or spend my whole life wondering: what if?
Wesleyan College, my dear Alma Mater, had given me the opportunity of a lifetime! I had the chance at a New Beginning. And there I was: eighteen years old, young, afraid, and impressionable. But I had dreams. I had dreams of a better tomorrow and I used those dreams to formulate goals and I turned those goals into reality!
Dare to Dream, my Friends! Dare to Dream!