‘You’re too idealistic, Iesha. That’s not how things really work. It’s not possible.’ Is something I’ve heard many times personally and professionally. Idealism is seen as a nice luxury but for me it’s essential. (145 words)
Being an idealist is frustrating sometimes but what other way is there to live?
To be any other way is to accept a substitute for the greatness that could be- a poor proxy- and to settle for the rippling reflection in the water rather than attempting to swim to the other side for the real thing.
We may not always succeed but we must try. Each time gathering at least one other who believes. With time we will a get closer. We give hope to those who wish they were brave enough to try. Ultimately, we and those around us are better for it – wether we are acknowledged or not.