Don’t Be Afraid to Dream

Believe in yourself and stay true to your vision.

As some of you know, I had a pretty epic day yesterday (08/21). I got the opportunity to be featured on the iconic Nasdaq screen in Times Square. 

I was (and am) so honored to have been included in their #AmplifyingBlackVoices summer campaign; so proud to be a girl from Barbados up there on that screen. I’m still floating, and will probably be for a while. 

The whole experience got me thinking about dreams. Not dreams while sleeping. Dreams we have for ourselves and our lives. Dreams that many of us allow to die because of the sometimes crushing weight of life, and adulting. Dreams that may have started to come to fruition, that were abruptly halted by Corona. Dreams and goals and visions for our future that we allowed ourselves to have before a (supposedly self-protective) blasé ennui settled itself into our spirits like undetected mold. 

I know that I have been guilty of that. Guilty of abandoning myself. Guilty of giving up. Guilty of walking through life on a treadmill—moving, but going nowhere. If you have ever felt this way (I know I can’t be the only one), I am here to remind you to never give up. 

Treat yourself kindly. Offer yourself the gift of grace if you go off course, but after you take a pause to regroup, keep going. Get off the treadmill. Move forward. Show up. Amplify yourself. Take up space. 

Keep dreaming. 

Dreams Set Free

Did she commit
Upon my dreams.
Did she commit
That evil deed?
Must I admit
That she was me?
Will life permit
Me to be free
If I say ten thousand thousand mea culpas
If I say ten thousand thousand mea culpas
If I say ten thousand thousand mea culpas
Every single day for all eternity?
I’m so sorry
I’m so sorry
Please forgive me…
I promise that
Next time
I’ll let you be

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Text and images ⒸLisa Hurley/@happyhappyphoenix


  1. Kathleen Hurley says:

    Yes, yes and yes. We should never let the dreams die. Love the poem too.

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