“Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true." Lyman Frank Baum
When I started writing, I never imagined I would ever publish a book. And I definitely never thought my story....my book would win a national book award or that people would be encouraged by my words....and what I lived.
When I lived on the streets....I never imagined I would have a home....a beautiful house in a great neighbourhood surrounded by nature and kind people.
When I couldn't stop using the needle or throwing up....I never imagined I could ever really be free.
When I fought to stay alive....with no one caring about whether I lived or died....I never imagined I would have the best family and incredible friends in my world...in my corner....believing in me....wanting the best for me.
I've learned to dream....to dream big. I discovered that things change...and the things we hunger for really do come true.
It's hard to see that when you're caught in the darkness and all around you it's totally black. But somehow eventually a little light flickers somewhere in that blackness.....and in time....it grows bigger....then bigger..and bigger - until time allows the Light to consume the dark....and the way out becomes visible and clear. You just have to hold on....never let go of hope or the dream that things can be different....
Sometimes I wonder how did that first little light flicker on in all that painful darkness. I don't exactly know...except as a child....I had a make-believe friend....a traffic light. That traffic light was my best friend. It always turned green just for me. And when it was red....it's 'cause it just wanted me to stay and talk a bit. I have another Friend...also a Light. - the difference....He's real. His Light always shines and fills me with the hope that anything and everything is possible.
Dream big....nothing is beyond realization....