The Thing About Dream Chasing

Posted on April 16, 2015

As of late my website has been a place to post essays–mostly the ones that were rejected by major publications or had no chance at ever being published in the first place. But, today I thought I would pen as more of a letter than narrative.

First, I want to apologize for the radio silence over the last few months. I promise I have been making good use of my time by working through my manuscript edits, pitching essays, taking speaking engagements and busting my butt at my day job. The culmination of these things amid maintaining some semblance of a social life pulls me away from my .com. Alas, you all have not been forgotten. I return–even if just for a moment–bearing gifts.

Being a self-proclaimed dreamer I’ve come to learn quite a bit about what it means to go after something you truly desire. Dreams, after all, are desires with a blue print. Of the things I’ve learned is dream chasing, which sounds extravagant, is laborious business. Saying that you’re going to do something crazy like write a book, film a movie, or travel the world sounds sexy until you actually set out to do it. The monotony of the mundane in the “doing it”  is where most people drop out of the dream-chasing race.

The majority of my day is spent in front of computer screens at work and home pushing doggedly to find the right idea or word for my clients’ projects or my book(s). I fret over things that would be inconsequential to a sane person (writers are not sane and we’re okay with that). To the naked eye my dream chasing is quite boring.  To me, however, these quiet moments spent hovering over my Mac trying to string together the right sentences in hopes of creating literary harmony is all I have. These seemingly uneventful moments will make or break me. If I don’t fret over the words today, or push through the monotony there will be no books tomorrow.

Recently, a friend asked why I am stringent about blocking off time on my calendar. I explained time blocks instill boundaries and discipline. It is my way of moving from visualizing the dream to building it into a reality bit-by-bit; day-by-day. I don’t always perfect my boundary setting, but it is there for me to show up, to build, to do the work.

I’ll leave you with this: That dream in your heart will be no more than a wish if you do not commit to the labor required for its manifestation. The dream chasing you imagine in your head is more of a marathon than a sprint. Reconcile that it will be arduous, lonely, time consuming, and boring. But know without a doubt that it will be absolutely worth it.

Start today.

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2 Replies to "The Thing About Dream Chasing"

  • Sherri
    April 20, 2015 (10:58 am)

    This really hit home for me. I am muddled by choices and starting points and foiled by the mundanity. You, however, inspirit me. Thanks for your continued transparency and honesty. Keep on keeping on, we are watching.

  • Shekea
    April 23, 2015 (7:36 pm)

    This really speaks, Shakirah! Thank you. I greatly appreciate the way you let us in and motivate through your journey. This reminds me of a movement, if you will, by another astounding woman that I follow (via IG) — she is charging us to #learntolovewhatmustbedone in order to achieve and realize our dreams. I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish when we learn to do and walk in just that!