Yesterday I went to Runyon Canyon to catch up with my girl Chantel. She brought along Lisa, a singer/rapper who just moved out to LA from Harlem a few days ago. Sitting on top of the mountain overlooking the city, we talked about leaving everything you know and are comfortable with in pursuit of your dreams. Many people advise you against it, and it is often accompanied by an internal battle as well. Do you take the “safe” 9-5 route in life or do you dare greatly and chase your dreams?
There is a magical essence common to all dreamchasers, a unique combination of passion and faith.
Sidenote: I was having trouble explaining the essence of dreamchasers properly, so I asked “what would You have me write?” I picked a stone from The Book of Runes, a book full of wisdom my best friend Jessi left at my house when she moved to Hawaii. Part of the passage accompanying the stone I picked read,
“On the side of human nature, this Rune is symbolized by the flight of the eagle, soaring flight free from entanglement, lifting yourself above the endless ebb and flow of ordinary life to acquire broader vision.”
It went on to say,
“Perth counsels you neither to focus on outcomes nor to bind yourself with the memory of past achievements. In doing so, you rob yourself of a true present, the only time when self-change can be realized. You may feel overwhelmed with exhaustion from meeting obstruction after obstruction in your passage. Yet you always have a choice: You can see this apparent negativity as bad luck, or you can recognize it as an obstacle course, a challenge to the Initiation you are presently undergoing. Then each setback, each humiliation, becomes a test of character. When your inner being is shifting and reforming on a deep level, patience, constancy and perseverance are called for. So stay centered, see the humor, and keep your faith firm.”
This is the perfect explanation of a dreamchaser, someone who flies free above ordinary life, acquiring broader vision and deeper faith. Taking these leaps of faith and chasing after dreams can feel overwhelming, but everything you encounter is simply preparing you for your grandest vision for yourself and your life.
Seeing Lisa and Chantel vibing to “Enjoy My View From Hollywood,” from Kyle’s “Beautiful Loser” mixtape, I felt that dreamchaser essence. That energy, that passion, that faith that pulls you 3,000 miles from home with a suitcase and a dream, there’s nothing in the world like it.