For many of us, it is a day off from work, for which we are thankful. For others, it's just another day. But today is the day set aside to take time and recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his leadership and efforts during the Civil Rights Movement. His Nobel Peace prize solidified his place in history and his face as the face of the movement.
It is well known that he was threatened on a regular basis. There were many who didn't believe in equal rights, thought second class citizenship was more than enough despite the Declaration of Independence's assertion that "all men are created equal." Yet, with his life on the line everyday, he continued his course. I won't say it was easy for him. I can't begin to imagine what was like for him to bear the weight of the hopes and dreams of an entire ethnic group on his shoulders. I mean, seriously, I'm just barely handling the weight of my jolly eating habits--working to improve that, by the way.
Before his "I Have a Dream" speech, he was a simple man with simple dreams. That's the same as we all start. As queens and kings of our dreams. Let's do more than dream. Let's work to bring these dreams to life. It takes action. It takes that first spark, that first step. It will get interesting, for sure. Doubts may arise. But just as the dream of equality was worth the work, so are your own dreams.
Thank you, all of you, for tagging along as I travel this journey in making my dream come true.