Hold Onto Your Dream

Hold Onto Your Dream

Yesterday, I watched a talented 16-year-old gal, Gina Lawther, play her guitar and sing to crowds (they call it busking) at Granville Island Market, a busy market inVancouver. She stood there about twenty feet from a side-door entrance to this hustle-bustle place, her instrument case at her feet, playing her guitar and belting out her songs with gusto, and tenderness too. People in a hurry to purchase their produce or buy lunch scurried around her, many hardly noticing, but she stood firm; there in her jeans-shorts, a pretty lace top, her long dark hair framing her lovely brown eyes, pert nose and full mouth, she sang covers of Katy Perry and other popular singers. Towards the end of her last set, she sang one of her own songs, with a heart rending lyric for a dear friend of hers, who, at 19, had taken his own life. I was moved to tears.

            Now, Gina is heading back east to Hamilton tomorrow and we’ll miss her.

But she left a legacy for anyone who values their creativity: Go for it!

Gina has a dream of “making it” as a singer/songwriter, and with guidance and perseverance, I believe she will do it.

Now, you could say, “She’s only 16, she has a lot of life ahead of her… she might lose her passion for this… other things might get in the way.”

Or, you could say, “I hope she makes it.”

And as you wish her well, perhaps a little spark lights up in your own heart.

Sure, we all grow older, and our lives become busy – with jobs, falling in love, raising children, dealing with the everyday practicalities of life. But what happens to our soul if we let our dreams go?

Do you still have a dream?

A chorus of a song I wrote goes like this…

Hold onto your dream

            Like you’d hold the hand of a child

            Hold on tight, don’t let go

            It might run off, it might run wild

            Hold onto that dream… that dreamer’s life is up to you.”

            (© M. Burns, 1990)

            If we let go of our dreams, part of us dies.

As for myself, a woman in her third-act, I’ve still got dreams. I visualize them daily and put energy into them. One of those dreams is to inspire women of all ages, through my books and workshops. I love to watch women open up to their own creativity and begin to believe in themselves again.

There are other dreams, but I’m keeping them close to my heart at this time.

The question for you is: What are your dreams?

Please don’t forget them. Do what it takes to midwife them into creation.

It’s your life. Live it to the fullest.

Dare to dream big!

No matter what age you are, you can still bring your dreams to fruition. Let Gina inspire you to go out there and sing your own song!


© Melba Burns, Ph.D. August 15, 2012



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4 Responses to You Still Can

  1. Thank you! I was thinking of you today. I printed out the text of my latest project, to give it a final read and polishing, then decided it was garbage and I should just shut up.
    And then I remembered your voice, your encouragement.
    And now this. Thank you; I’ll keep on plugging away.

    • Melba Burns says:

      Hi Susannah,
      So happy to hear from you! And delighted to know that you will “keep on plugging away.” You’ve got a story to share, so please keep on with it. I’d love to see it when it’s done.
      Wishing you all the best always…

  2. Melba,

    This is the first time I have actually written to actually share and feel that I may be of some help or inspire somebody. You did me, and I have been wanting to do this for years.

    I had a surgery 10 years ago that left me to infections and malnutrition. I would had died if it were not for my boyfriend. But I think that I am accepting certain complications with having some self-compassion. One, its alright. Mistakes happen. That does not mean I should quit living. I have tons of poetry, paintings and other things of art that I was intending to sell or use. But put away for 10 whole years. I gave up.

    Your article inspired me to at least write and feel the feeling of “You Still Can”. I sure hope so, because I am only 59, I did not die and I need to feel more, live more and get my self-esteem up.

    Don’t know quite where to go from here, but thank you. I did this.

    • Melba Burns says:

      Dear Keely,
      Thank you so much for your inspiring words. This is why I write. So you and others get back to their own writing. I really appreciate your
      taking the time, and courage, to write to me.

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