The other morning I sat across for two wonderful women, inside and out, their spirits radient as laughter.
We sat talking, working, having “office hours” (you know, where you go to coffee shop and work together, with many breaks for conversation and copious amounts of coffee… the ideal situation for freelancers and people who don’t do well stuck behind a desk all day).
I left with my brain turning summersaults. I felt inspired… maybe it was the caffeine, perhaps the cool breeze drifting through the Spring heat settling on LA; whatever the case may be, the feeling remained all day.
I am currently helping a friend with a passion project, something that is as inspiring as it is frustrating. It is coming together, slowly, which makes it difficult to feel any momentum. Having ‘Office Hours’ reminded me of how amazing it is when you pursue your dreams and turn them into a reality. The energy that flows out of curating and creating words and ideas, putting together images, seeing the pieces come together to form a whole.
Turning our dreams into realities is one of the most fulfilling feelings out there. Having these things you conjure up turn into something tangible, that others can see, touch, feel, partake in, or experience, is magical. A small miracle bursting into existence.
The trouble is, turning them from vapor and fairy dust into reality is really hard. You have to fight your demons, the voices that tell you it won’t be any good… that you will fail.
During one of conversation breaks my friend Tracy asked me what it is I fear, without hesitation I responded, “Letting people down, failing, and not being needed.” All of these things, these fears, are hindering to the person I am supposed to become. If I allow all of the unknowns to dictate the future of a project I am working on, if I succumb to the voices that tell me it can’t work, then I will have let myself down; an even greater atrocity than letting down those around me.
If we pursue our dreams we are bound to face resistance. But if we approach them with a genuine spirit, remain open to possibilities, give ourselves some grace, and believe in magic (even just a little), anything truly is possible.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have some fairy dust to find.