What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
and then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Harlem by Langston Hughes
This Langston Hughes poem was one of the first poems I can remember learning in school. I remember pondering as a child exactly what Mr. Hughes was talking about. How can a dream dry up and why would it smell like rotten meat? Now I know that this poem uses imagery and similes to compare how a dream delayed can spoil or rot, but this ain’t an English lesson. (Did you catch that?) As I embark on my new journey as Mrs. United States Classic Beauty International 2020, I think it’s important to let my tribe know how this pageant thing started and why I do what I do. I hope that by seeing those who are similar to you do things that may not seem possible, it inadvertently permits you to attempt the seemingly impossible dream or goal.
Let me start by saying I have always been this way. Throughout High School I was kinda reserved to people who didn’t know me and kinda dramatic to people who did know me. I am still the same way. I have always enjoyed dressing up as you can see in the very first picture. This was in the 5th grade at some kind of school ceremony with my grandmother. I remember thinking about how beautiful my pale pink dress looked and why I couldn’t put on more lipstick. Overtime my light didn’t necessarily go out but it did dim. Who knows what is happening when you’re going through adolescent angst, then you’re terrible twenties. Let’s not go into it now but my twenties had many highs but man did it have many lows.
Anywho, 2007 I entered the Miss Phat Pageant held by Zeta Phi Beta at Mississippi State University. During the same year I entered the American Beauties Plus Pageant in Atlanta Georgia as Miss Mississippi. To my astonishment I won the division. I entered the pageant not because I had always dreamed of pageantry but because it was something I felt was unattainable to me. You have probably heard this story before because I share it as often as possible, not to highlight my journey but to encourage you to take the next step. Sometimes it can be scary at times. As cliché as the phrase “Follow your dreams” is, it’s the most basic way to say have the courage to take action is. The dream that you’ve been holding out on, the investment that you have been waiting to make….let it happen. Figure out what has taken you away from your path and use those obstacles as stepping stones. The outside is still closed over here but until next time you’ve been quite enough! Wild out on those dreams. I’m interested in what goals and aspirations your working on starting today. Drop some in the comments and lets talk.
Saturdays Playlist: Matthew McConaughey University of Houston Speech on Youtube………. Thank me later