Your Dreams are Valid, Part I
You’ve never really lived unless you’ve chased your dreams…
Tonight actress Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years A Slave. Her win was heartfelt for so many because she represented the power and manifestation of dreams and action. During her acceptance speech, she stated: “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.
Have you ever dreamed so big that you deemed your dream to not be valid or unachievable? The 2014 Oscars was an honor to watch as onlookers and attendees witnessed first time nominees as well as seasoned veterans who exemplified the pursuit of dreams.
1. Dreams have no GPS.
Oscar Nominee Barhkad Abdi was literally a driver before he attended a casting for the highly acclaimed film, Captain Phillips. Checkout this excerpt from U.S. Magazine: From taxi driver to Oscar nominee! Newcomer Barkhad Abdi has generated an immense amount of buzz following his breakout role as desperate Somali pirate Abduwali Muse in the Paul Greengrass-directed film Captain Phillips.Although Barkhad did not take home the win, it is without question that we have not heart the last of him.
2. Dreams don’t expire.
This year, actress June Squibb, was nominated at age 84 for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Nebraska. After more than a half-century in the entertainment business, this is her first nomination. She has been and will continue to be relentless in her pursuit of her dream. Squibb had the following to say of her work ethic at a pre Oscar’s event: “It’s funny, I’m like an old war horse. I just want to get in there and work again”.
In 2013, actress Emmanuelle Riva, was Oscar’s oldest Best Actress nominee ever, and celebrated her 86th birthday on the red carpet in Hollywood. She has been featured in over 50 films and boasts an acting career that has lasted for over 55 years. Today, we live in a constant state of “instant gratification”.
True dreams can not be achieved overnight because adequate time and preparation are needed to ensure that we are the appropriate vessel to see them through and more importantly, transfer their value to the next generation.
3. Dreams don’t work unless you do.
The slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the industry’s highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars. There is very little left for the imagination when speaking of the work ethic of director Steve McQueen.
This excerpt from his Wikipedia page speaks volumes about how his work ethic would prove monumental on his quest to follow his dream of creating film that would later captivate, teach and inspire:
In a 2014 interview, McQueen stated that he had a very bad experience in school, where he had been placed into a class for students believed best suited “for manual labour, more plumbers and builders, stuff like that.” Later, the new head of the school would admit that there had been “institutional” racism at the time. McQueen added that he was dyslexic and had to wear an eyepatch due to a lazy eye, and reflected this may be why he was “put to one side very quickly”.
All of the people described above have one thing in common, they validated their dreams. When we harness the power that lies within each of us, we too have the ability to validate the dream as well as the journey that we must embark upon to realize it.
Ardre Orie is an Entrepreneur/Author/Philanthropist in Atlanta, Georigia.