Last night I dreamt that I was starting college
and settling into my dorm room.
It was similar to what I did experience
at a small "Christian" college.
As I was settling in my roommate wanted me to
meet some guy from her church.
He came into the room and said he and my roommate
had been praying for me.
He wanted to know what I was going to study,
was it secretarial, a teacher, or to be a minister's wife?
My answer was "I am a photographer
pursuing all things creative.
This didn't fit into his image of what a woman
should be and he turned and left.
The night before this dream I began reading
a book by Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter.
A quote from that book, "Stories give us hope, a little guidance,
and a lot of bravery."
My word for this year is "Story"
and this is part of my story.
The dream was very true to what I was as a young woman,
but I wasn't brave enough to say
"I am a photographer pursuing all things creative."
It has taken me a long time to be able to say that statement
and it came out in my dream.
Life is continually growing and learning
and for that I am thankful.
I am sure as I travel through this book there will be more growing
and more stories to share.
What do you still hunger for?
How do you continue to grow?