A few weeks ago, I signed up for Cinemark's Movie Pass iPhone app. The premise is pretty simple and much improved from some of the previous theater subscription models. For $9/month, I receive one movie ticket, 20% off all concession snacks, waived online booking fees and a chance to earn free popcorn, drinks, etc. with a plethora of unique movie rewards.
The value is worth it alone for me since I go to movies often and love the theater experience.
Last night, I saw The Hustle with my girlfriend and I started thinking,
"Why do I love the theater so much?"
As my mind started to race, I realized that reading my name in the credits of a movie one day is my ultimate dream. I've always known that it was a dream of mine since I was a little kid, but until recently, I never could pinpoint exactly why I love going to the theater so much.
Was it the smell of the popcorn? The people gathering to watch and engage with art and entertainment? The surround sound? The previews? The film? As time progressed, I've discovered that I love it all. Everything about the theater speaks to me on a deeper level and last night, I finally decided that I need to write this dream down.
Before entering the 7th grade, I wrote down my goal to make the "Blue" basketball team. During my middle school days, the Blue team was considered the best in the school and I was convinced that I was going to make that team. So, I wrote down these words and posted them on my mirror in my room the summer after 'graduating' from elementary school.
The note read,
"I will make the 7th grade Nagel Blue Basketball Team."
And that's it. That's all I wrote. Recently, I had a conversation with my dad in which he admitted that my writing down of that goal absolutely terrified him. In his mind, he kept thinking,
"What if he doesn't make it?"
"What if it breaks his heart?"
"What if he fails?"
I had never heard my dad tell this story before and I couldn't believe it. He said to me,
"You know, your own confidence in yourself is what inspired me. You inspired me to believe in myself and it should be the other way around!"
I remember getting the chills when he told me that.
Oh yeah—I made the Blue team that year.
So, as I dig back into my past and the dreams I've had throughout the years, I want to encourage you to think about that one dream that you want to achieve in your life. Don't let the limitations of society stop you on this one.
Think about something that rests in the depths of your soul and speaks to you when no one else is around.
How does it make you feel?
Why is it speaking to you?
What does it mean?
Then, write this goal down and post it somewhere. Your office, house, car, wherever. It doesn't matter.
Look at it every day.
Think about it.
Dream about it.
Tell people about it.
I know it can be difficult and that most people would steer you in a different direction on sharing your dreams. One of my favorite artists, J. Cole, would tell you,
"If they don't know your dreams, then they can't shoot 'em down."
I'm asking you to look past that and let this dream seep into the subconscious of those around you as well.
You just don't know who might be listening.