A Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
— Langston Hughes (from his poem, Harlem)


Most days, when I get up to start my day, I remember my purpose -- remember my dreams and get to it, trying to bring them to fruition. But some days, I feel burdened down with adulting -- (you know the phrase) -- taking care of my responsibilities for the most part, which is important, but forgetting to tap in and see how I'm doing -- to see if I'm still on track with my dreams and purpose. 

It's easy to push our dreams to the side, 'cause let's be honest, it's sometimes easier to do just that. This happens most often as we get older or once we're married and have children and start families. We, like most do, get a "job" and go about our days -- only working, and not truly living....living out our purpose and our dreams. 

So, what about our individual purpose other than those things mentioned above? What about our dreams?

I live in a city where dreams happen -- miracles even. The energy is infectious and tasteful and vibrant. It rubs off on me and my fellow Angelenos. So when I'm in L.A., it's easier to stay on track, but I still can get caught up in the "just trying to make life work" mode -- pushing my dreams to the side. If you're an adult, you've definitely been there -- at some point or another.

And also, you throw in the fact that sometimes our dreams don't necessarily line up with what others believe we should be doing, but we shouldn't let others' opinions lead our lives. Look up to the One who holds you in the palm of His hand and let him lead you. Let the fire inside of you lead you.


We must not settle for what we think the world wants from us. We must not settle for a life not led by our purpose. We have a shot at the life we want because we're still here. So let's conquer those fears and step out on our truth -- whatever that may be.

Remember what makes you come alive. Go out into your world (your community) and live out your purpose, your passion -- otherwise it may just "dry up like a raisin in the sun"....otherwise, you may just miss your shot. 

Don't let any more days go by pushing your dreams to the side -- pushing your potential and purpose to the side -- however big or small they may be. Don't defer them. Now is the time to help bring them to fruition! Now is the time.


Every day I can, I'm going to reacquaint myself with my goal, my dreams, and my purpose. I'm going to make sure I'm doing something every day I'm able to...to achieve them.

Will you join me? :)

Now's the time. 

Believing in our victory! Happy Monday!