Reflecting on this piece, I'm moved outside of myself and my own dreams. I'm inspired and incited and excited for others who I know are moving forward courageously in pursuit of their own dreams. I think of the youth I work with at EEE who have dreams of going to college and becoming entrepreneurs. I think of my little sister, Miya, who dreams of becoming a professional model. I think of my sister friends who dream of growing their businesses.
It's cliche to say, "follow your dreams." Instead, I say: Identify your dream. Nurture your dream. Live your dream daily with the internal fervor that it is already a reality. Above all, do not look to another person to validate or consent to your dream. Because, your dream is uniquely your own!
Kashanna Eiland is the co-founder and Executive Director of Empowerment through Education and Exposure, a nonprofit agency that promotes post-secondary education and career opportunities for Chicago youth. She is also a Social Impact Strategist and Speaker who aims to help socially conscious individuals and organizations bring their bright ideas to fruition.