Off-Topic Thursday: Being Obi Wan Kenobi and Following Your Dream
“Each one of you, whether you know it or not, has a dream inside of you…I want you to pursue it with all you’ve got.…Every time somebody says you can’t do it—every time you say you can’t do it—you’ve gotta look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I can.’”
“…This was not part of the plan. And that’s the point. That’s the thing about dreams. That’s the thing about life. It’s not always in the plan. But you gotta press through. For me, I get on my knees, that’s what I do. If you do that, great. If you don’t, find something that’s going to get you through…. Pursue that dream, and change the world that you live in.”
James encountered a crushing blow to his dream, a dream he’d had since he was a small child, but he got on his knees and he pushed through. It would have been easy to give up. I’m sure people he truly cared about told him to give up. To just let his dream go. I’m sure there were many times he wanted to. But he couldn’t. He wouldn’t. It was too important to him; it was what he knew he was put here to do.
So he fought, and pushed, and prayed, and worked. And now here he is, on this stage, living his dream and reminding us that we can do the same, if we want it badly enough and we have someone (or Someone) to rely on for the strength to press on.
I hope I get to meet James one day and tell him this in person, but since I haven’t (yet), I will say it here and now. Thank you, James, for pursuing your dreams, for making us laugh and amazing us, and for encouraging me to pursue my dreams—even when it’s hard, when I want to give up, ad when I face challenges that seem insurmountable. I am, and I will, and I thank you for helping to push me along when I needed it.
Questions: What is your dream? Do you know? What’s stopping you from living that dream? If you were living it, what would your life look like? Talk about it in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.
Now, go back and watch the whole 33 minute show. You won’t be disappointed.