When You Wish Upon A Star

When most people hear the classic Disney tune shown above, most don’t think of work ethic,  perseverance, or resilience. They think of princesses sitting back and waiting for all of their wildest dreams to come true–a prince mounted on a white steed, a glittering castle positioned on the picturesque horizon, and a grand wedding day.

I love that aspect of the song. It’s idyllic. It’s filled with unexplainable hope. But my favorite part are these words that I tend to interpret a little differently than most:

“When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.” 

When I hear this lyric, I don’t think of wishing with all of your heart. I picture working, or doing everything in your power, your heart, to make your dreams a reality. Wishing won’t cut it. Working for the things you want is simply the only chance you have.

I write about a lot of leisurely things, but when it comes down to it, I’d like to think I work my hardest everyday.

I’m short. I’m not an absolute ball of muscle. I wasn’t a D1 recruit by any means–but, somehow, I became a college volleyball player, a dream I have had ever since I was in the sixth grade. Becoming a college athlete was all I thought about for a solid seven years of my life, and I’ve been able to live that dream for the past three years. It’s amazing to think about–all those camps, clinics, backyard peppering, club practices, tournaments, rides in the car, doing homework late after practice to maintain a 4.0–every long, stressful day was a step toward realizing my dream. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the people in my life who supported me every step of the way. It’s amazing how many hours my mom spent driving to and from tournaments, sitting with me through club volleyball meetings, encouraging me when times were rough. Without her–without her meticulously “packing my parachute”–I would be nothing.

Volleyball will soon become a lesser part of my life–I have one more season left to play, and after that I don’t know what I’ll do. I just know to get anywhere, anywhere at all, you have to work. Maybe I want to write? I can’t just wish for free lance jobs to pop up; I have to put my practice in every day and go for the jobs I want. Maybe I want to be a clown? I have to practice my nose-honking, merry-making craft everyday (I don’t want to be a clown, but kudos to those who do). Working hard–that’s how you get the grades, the job, the life you want. Let’s be honest, though. Sometimes life isn’t fair; you won’t always get what you want, even if you pour your entire heart and soul into it.

Work hard anyway.

“If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme.” Have your heart invested in the things you want –work for that dream job, work for that scholarship, work for that 4.0. If you want it, don’t just sit back and wait for it to happen. Go get it.

Walt Disney (the man, the myth, the legend) said about his precious Cinderella:

“She Believed in dreams all right, but she also believed in doing something about them…When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.” 

So you see? Cinderella believes the same thing I do. Putting your “heart in your dreams” doesn’t mean wishing with all your heart. It means doing something and working toward something with all of your heart. Even if all of your wildest dreams don’t come true, at least you will know that you tried.

As Meredith Grey from the incredible Grey’s Anatomy said, “Even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.”

Work. Try. Fail/Succeed. Repeat.

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