For my first blog post, I wrote and rewrote things several times but nothing felt right. In doing so, I realized that it doesn’t have to be perfect. I’m not doing this blog to impress anyone. It’s for me. It’s a place for me to reflect on my life and share some insight with the world. Perhaps people will begin to read what I write, perhaps they won’t. Either way, I won’t know until I try right?
You may be wondering about the name of the blog “The Sight of the Stars” and why I chose it. The stars have always been something I’ve found fascinating. I associate them with childhood, with dreams, with courage, with reflection, with happiness and with friendship. Essentially, I associate them with my journey through life. As a child, I can remember my dad coming home from the pizzeria at 1 or 2 in the morning, waking me up, wrapping me up in a blanket, and taking me outside to look at the stars. He’d point out the constellations and marvel at the fact that we are only a small portion of something greater. As I grew older, I remember spending hours in my backyard, looking up at the stars. On more than one occasion, my best friend Rob and I would go out to the high school baseball fields to admire the stars. Sometimes we talked, sometimes we didn’t, but we both knew that those moments were special. For a moment, it didn’t matter what was going on in the world. It was like time stood still when I looked at the stars. I spend so much of my life hustling and bustling that when I take the time to stop and look up, I am reminded of how incredible life truly is.
The sight of the stars makes me feel grounded and empowered. I feel confident in my desire reach for the stars, to change the world. Not too long ago, I was given a prestigious award from my department at the University of Michigan-Flint. When it was presented to me, the scholarship donor told me I was a star. That was one of the biggest compliments that anyone could ever give me. You see, I don’t think of it as being a celebrity, but rather a person that sees the world as something great. A person that takes the time to make a difference and invoke change. A person that strives to be a support and an inspiration to keep trying. I want to be seen as a do-er, a helper, a believer, and most especially, a dreamer.
When you think about the sight of the stars, I challenge you to think about who you want to be. What life do you want to live? What values do you have? How will you spend your life?
Lastly, today, take a moment to look around. Be thankful for what you have. Marvel at the opportunities you have been given. Take a moment to catch up with a old friend. Make time for a hobby often pushed to the wayside. Admire the sight of the stars.
And always, Dare to Dream.