Lately I’ve been changing how I go about running my Instagram account. Normally I am very engaged, but I’ve decided to dive in EVEN deeper into engagement. Like what if I actually knew my followers personally? How could that change how this platform is used?
I’ve been sharing different profiles that I feel best represent what they are passionate about and I have been hopping into DM’s to tell people how amazeballs they are.
AND GUESS WHAT!
Social media is SO MUCH MORE fun when you actually connect with the people you are following instead of staring at a bunch of numbers that mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
During the process of connecting with all of these fun Instagramer’s I decided I wanted there to be a common theme during each conversation I have. I am a very intentional person, so my favorite thing to do is to go into conversations with a set intention. I decided that somewhere during the conversation I would ask this person, “What is your dream?”
I’ve received a variety of responses. Some, know the answer right away. Some, are LIVING their dream but dumbing it down because it doesn’t sound as cool as being a pro football player or an American Idol Winner. GIRLFRIEND, you are to NEVER dumb down your dream because it is not as fancy as someone else’s, it is YOUR dream for a reason, IT. IS. YOURS. Others, simply say they have no idea because they have never been asked that question before. WHAT! YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED WHAT YOUR DREAM IS BEFORE?
What kind of world do we live in that we have stopped asking people about their DREAMS!?
We live in a world where people go to work because that is what everyone else does.
But what if you don’t want to go to work?
What if you don’t want to work?
I know, you’re thinking I’m ABSOLUTELY insane.
But here is my honest truth.
I DO NOT WANT TO WORK.
I WANT TO DO WHATEVER I WANT EVERY SINGLE DAY. YES, WHATEVER I WANT.
I want to live my dream because I won’t even be able to call it work. That is because I love it so insanely much IT IS NOT WORK TO ME. (Here’s where you’re like, “omg this little millennial, if only she knew the real world!”)
But I do know the real world.
The real world was shown to me at 20 years old, when I had to leave my brother at the hospital, dead, after 3 years of fighting cancer.
After 3 years of me making adjustments to my young life to accommodate cancer, the ‘real world’ took him away.
The real world showed me what it’s like to suffer PTSD after I ran for my life during a mass shooting. It showed me what it’s like to be heart broken over depression because you feel like you have no purpose in this world.
I know the real world, I just refuse to live in it.
I’m going to live in my own version of the ‘real world’
It’s my version.
It’s filled with light, positivity, and joy.
I wake up everyday and do things I LOVE doing while making an income, and then maybe other days I wake up and go back to sleep BECAUSE I CAN.
That’s my version of the real world. That’s my dream.
Friends, maybe you’re reading this thinking ‘HELL YES‘ and you relate to every word I say.
Or maybe you’re reading this and you’re like, “This girl is going to fail, be homeless, and probably end up dead somewhere.” That’s fine, I would rather take the risk than never know what I COULD HAVE done had I discovered my potential.
OR MAYBE, you are sitting here reading this with a nice warm cup of coffee in your hand and this is pulling at your heart… you’re wondering, could I ACTUALLY chase my dream? Could I leave the worlds version of ‘the real world’ to create my own version of the real world?
HELL FREAKING YES SWEET HONEY CHILD, YOU CAN.
IF YOU HAVE A DREAM IN YOUR HEART AND YOU DO NOT CHASE IT, YOU ARE BEING SELFISH.
Think about it, you are reading this blog and being affected by my words.
Yet had I decided to never start this blog a year and a half ago because I was TOO SCARED, you would never be reading these inspiring words. That would have been selfish of me.
God gave me this talent for a reason and he calls me to step into the light and to share it with his people.
And I believe that he gave you a talent that is 100% unique to you and you are doing a disservice not only to you, but to the people around you to keep it to yourself.
Decide today, to create the version of the real world that you wish to see.
I was over the ‘real world’ version of Instagram. I was over the toxic, fake relationships. I was over keeping up with numbers and people who had no true interest in my content. So what did I do?
I changed my version of the Instagram world to what I WANTED IT to be.
Now it is an app I can go onto with joy, I can speak LIGHT into my followers, because they actually care about my content.
Then I can go to my friends (YES, MY FRIENDS NOT JUST MY FOLLOWERS – THEY ARE MY FRIENDS TOO!) and support what they are doing! THIS IS THE KIND OF INSTAGRAM WORLD I WANT TO BE APART OF! BUT IT WAS NOT OUT THERE! SO I CREATED IT, I FOUND PEOPLE TO JOIN ME AND WE CREATED THE COLLABORATION WE WANTED AND SAID SCREW YOU TO COMPETITION!
Decide today, that you will answer the question, what is your dream? And then, decide to ask someone else, what their dream is.
Us dreamers, WE HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER.
We have to encourage others that their dreams are possible.
I’m done living in a cookie cutter world that tells me I can’t chase my dreams. GOD BUILT ME FOR THESE DREAMS! HE LAID ME ON THIS EARTH AND ASKED ME TO FOLLOW THE DREAMS HE PUT IN MY HEART!
No more will I except the fact that I need to be ordinary.
I am extraordinary and that is exactly who I intend to be every single day of my life.
Girlfriend, What is your dream?