Today I saw The Hunger Games sequel and it brought so many things to my mind: Why don’t I wear more eye makeup? Katniss looks so good with those sparkles on her eyes. Could I pull off a french braid in my hair 24/7? And why are all the participants in the Hunger Games wearing battle outfits designed by Lululemon?
But more importantly, while Craig spent the ride home explaining to our children his theory that the Hunger Games books took place in the dark ages, I thought about how Katniss continually gets challenges thrown in her way. How she is stubborn in not letting anything get in the way of her goals. She lives her life on her terms and has always stayed true to herself.
As I hosted the incredible kick off event to our new foundation this weekend, I paused for a moment to think of how I ended up there. I always knew that I wanted to do something important with my life. I never knew what it would be. I envisioned a life combining the things I love to do with the ability to help those in need. The road to get there in my life was long: with twists and turns, roadblocks and heartbreak. And it came to me at age 41, in a way I never would have imagined.
In order to get what you want from your life, you have to be stubborn. You have to have myopic vision and fight off the naysayers and the ones who question your vision. I respect people who live this way, and even the ones who choose to die this way. Being true to yourself is a legacy that will never be forgotten.
And so, even though I wanted to explain to my kids that there were not hovercrafts or digital technology to host battles in arenas made of force fields in the time of the cavemen, I let Craig continue on in his theory. Sometimes being stubborn means being wrong.
But when being focused, stubborn, surviving obstacles and staying true to a dream results in such things as slaves being freed, women being allowed to vote, and giving people the right to marry whomever they want, it is very, very right.
So, I’m glad I never gave up on my vision of a city united to come together to save the arts, and of the dream I had of myself being an important part of that vision. I’m glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done. That I ignored the people who said I couldn’t, and shouldn’t, try something that’s never been done.
I hope that all of you stick to your true selves and survive the obstacles that await you in your lives. I hope that you get to see your dreams become reality.
May the odds be forever in your favor.