Hold Fast to Dreams

Chance of a Lifetime – MRS Photography, LLC

Dreams”  (Langston Hughes)

“Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die,

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is like a barren field

Frozen with snow.”

My grandmother transcribed this poem for me when I was very young, with the following words of encouragement: “I saw this and thought you might like it. Of course, I like your poems better.” She left out the author’s name, and had no idea Langston Hughes had penned the poem. Even if she had, it would not have changed her sentiment. When I was a child, I loved to write, and I loved horses, and my grandmother did whatever she could to make me believe I was good at both. She believed in me, and wanted me to live my dreams.      

In the past ten years, horses significantly changed my life, leading me to follow dreams I had suppressed for years. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, I realized how quickly life can be taken away, and decided not to continue putting off things I wanted in life. Having just worked three years in the Pentagon, and losing friends and colleagues in the Pentagon attack, I chose to pursue my passion for horses and go ahead and own a horse instead of waiting “for the right time.”

I found my first horse, Chance, while living in San Diego, Calif., and enjoyed the pleasures of trail riding that I hadn’t had since I leased a pony as a teenager in Maryland. Being with horses, and my new horse friends, I rediscovered a freedom I had sorely missed and wondered how I had done without for so long.  In that dark time after September 11th, and having lost my father just a year prior, I found light by reconnecting with the horse spirit, and it made me rethink many other aspects of my life.

Within the next few years, things seemed to fall in place, and after finding the perfect horse, I also found the perfect husband. No doubt, my better outlook on life thanks to Chance had something to do with it.

My horse friendships have endured, and I was fortunate enough to have visited with these friends over the holidays, making me rethink much of this “renewal.” When I followed my horse dream, I gained “wings,” and plowed new fertile ground. Happy New Year to all, and hold fast to dreams….and whatever may lead you to follow them.