Dare to Dream

6:00 AM

So it's 1:11 A. M. and I'm just now starting this post.

It's bound to be a bit rambley. Prepare yourselves.

I watched La La Land for the first time tonight. I know, I know, I'm late to the party. But I wasn't sure what to talk about today, and this gave me a lot of inspiration.

Hence, the post.

This movie gave me many mixed feelings. But I want to focus on the big thing it taught me.

It portrayed a very realistic view of following your dream.

It showed how stepping out into the void, taking a leap in order to do what you love ... it isn't easy. It's not romantic. It's not all going to fall together magically. The world is not going to halt in awe of your talents. People are not going to flock to you and swoon over your art.

But that doesn't mean you need to give up. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try.

Because that's not what it's about. Following your dreams is about finding your true purpose in life. It's about not settling for something that will keep you safe and secure. It's about taking a risk.

Dare to dream.

Take a deep breath and do it. Choose to follow your heart. Choose to do what you love. It doesn't mean abandoning college or "stable" jobs. What you love could very well fall under those categories.

But don't push yourself into categories just so you can have a "chance" or "be successful".

What does successful mean, anyway? In my eyes, being successful is finding your purpose in life. It's finding the path God wants you to walk, and going forth boldly.

I'll end with a verse I found the other day.

So we will boldly say:
"The LORD is my Helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?"
Hebrews 13:6

If it's God's plan for you, no power on earth can stop it.

Follow your dreams, and make them real. It will be hard, and it's not going to be all romantic like in the movies. Life isn't butterflies and daisies.

But there are butterflies and daisies. So find them when you can.

If that made any sense. I probably just incoherently rambled.

This has been episode 34 of Late Night Chats with Hannah. Stay tuned!

Also, you should go check out the post Katie did on this a while back on her blog. It's really beautiful. <3

Have you seen La La Land? What did you think of it? What's your dream?


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  1. I PROMISE TO WATCH LA LA LAND SOON. I love hearing praise for it in the way it represents art and dreams <3

    - Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

    1. Yesss you need to see it! It's such a beautiful movie, physically and emotionally.

  2. OHHHH I really want to watch La La Land...like soooo bad! Everyone says amazing things about it!

    1. WATCH IIIIIT. It's so worth it. Though I flailed and fell on the ground and mini sobbed afterwards ... XP

  3. LA LA LAND. I MUST WATCH IT. I read Katie's post a couple months ago and knew that I HAD to watch it but I still haven't :P

    And wow. Yeah. Sometimes it feels like whatever dreams we have are going to crumble by the powers of the world, but if they're from God, nothing can destroy them. Thank you for this reminder <3

    audrey caylin

    1. YESYESYES. Sometimes it feels like we're stepping out blindly when we follow our hearts and dreams, but if it's from God, and if we're following it in an effort to grow closer to Him, He's going to take care of us.

  4. I need to watch that... :(

  5. I STILL NEED TO WATCH LA LA LAND. Like, ahhhh I'm so mad at myself for missing it in theatres, so now I have to wait to buy it on DVD or online. Soon, I promise! But yes to this post! It's so important to trust in God that following his plans will bring you the ultimate satisfaction. And if it matches up with your dreams, so much the better! Lovely post Hannah! <3 *hugs*

    1. Maybe Netflix? Not sure if it's on there ... *hugs back* Amen to that! <3

  6. Thank you for this! Following our dreams is HARD. But we can do it! =D Great post!


  7. I guess we need to /fight/ for our dreams, not let them stifle in the disinterested world. I'm still trying to find my purpose, so your posts are always so encouraging, Hannah!

    (And "not settling for something that will keep you safe and secure" - lovely alliteration there! ;) )

    Jem Jones

    1. Ah, I'm so glad! And hehe I didn't even realize I had done that XP

  8. I like the conclusion you came to, Hannah! :) Especially this: In my eyes, being successful is finding your purpose in life. It's finding the path God wants you to walk, and going forth boldly. I agree with you - and that is such a good point. It's very relevant to my life right now too, so thank-you. xx

    1. Ahhh thank you! The word "bold" has been on my heart, both in my life and in my WIP. It kind of slipped its way to the blog, too XP

  9. THIS POST. Oh my word. Your ramble-y posts are the best, I love them so much <3 <3 <3. I haven't watched La La Land yet but apparently I REALLY need to xD. Thank you for this gorgeous post, girl! It was super encouraging.

    ~ Savannah

    1. AHHH I'm so glad! I was afraid I would end up with a completely incoherent mass and Stan would be forever tainted by my stupidity XP And yes, GO WATCH IT.

  10. Really great post, Hannah. Lots of good words. Nice stuff, up there. Well done. Oh and it's a pretty good movie, too.

  11. If you'd like to do it, I tagged you for the Sunshine Blogger over here. ;)

  12. Thank you so much for sharing, Hannah! Definitely in a place right now where I can either go for it or not, and I'm hoping I'll dream on :)



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