Hold On To Your Most Cherished Hopes And Dreams.
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
My nephew, Christopher, was about six years old when he gazed out of the window in the backseat of the car and said, “I’m just afraid I will run out of things to draw.”
He began at an early age, sketching and drawing — leaving people in awe of his talent.
You could see the brilliance in his eyes when he spoke to you — especially about art. When I ask him if he can do a certain thing, the answer is, “Of course I can!” He is chock full of confidence.
I can attest to this much: when you know, from childhood, what you are and what you love, you cannot imagine any other life.
I strongly feel that people must allow you to be the person you are, not the vision of you and your future they have in mind.
It is easy to recognize the apathy and pain of someone who never lived their dream, someone left to wonder what the outcome might have been had they followed their heart.
You see glimpses of their fire, traces of the light, gone from their eyes. They had their spirits crushed, their voices silenced, their true selves obliterated.
Children need to hold on to their natural confidence and infectious enthusiasm, along with the ability to trust their instincts. My heart tells me, we need to not only believe in them, but also show them how much we do.
Perhaps this is one reason why experiencing an incredible contribution to the arts — everything from singing and drawing to dancing — can move me to tears.
I realize how people make incredible achievements every single day, ones I don’t see. They may not have an audience or applause, but their achievements are no less important.
Seeing people get out there, however, doing the thing they love most, and nailing it, speaks to the person inside many of us that says, I want to do what I love as fearlessly as that.
I want to celebrate that fearless moment where I succeed in reaching the hearts of others, where we all participate and share the passion and joy. My heart sings in contentment. It is one of life’s beautiful and most cherished experiences.
For me, it is.
In these moments, I don’t think about the harrowing destruction of our world or the harrowing destruction of humanity. It is a brief lull, because I don’t want to ignore that — all the suffering, all the pain, all the hatred.
It has affected me profoundly since childhood, and while I search my heart for solutions, I can only counteract with love and a message of oneness.
I believe we all can in some way, especially if we have a voice or means of communicating our passion and love to the world. It is one small contribution of many, until we can do better.
Those of us who have made it thus far with our dreams intact are eternally grateful. Whatever the passion, no matter what happens in life, it is there, and it saves you. It just might save others too.
“Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.” ~ Dolly Parton
Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Provenance of Bondage, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, and Remnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At 16, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of 19 and 25. Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants — her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.