Having the Space to Dream Again

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dgupdate6By Diana Matthews

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]A[/dropcap]nd then there were four.

With Komal back in NYC after taking the summer to recover from surgery, things have been very celebratory in our office. We’ve booked 15 screenings for September and our fierce co-founders are hitting the road to attend Dream, Girl events across the country. As the weather cools off and the aroma of pumpkin spice lattes fills the air, I feel a newfound energy.

When Komal came back at the end of August, it was as if the circle became whole. The three of us started working together in person for the first time ever, evolving the space from merely an office to an ecosystem, where we collaborate and thrive together.

As September began to creep up, we could feel the anticipation. During the last days of August, it was as if we were counting down to something we didn’t quite know yet. As screening hosts confirm their dates, the calendar filled with manifestation of what we have been dreaming of for the past two years.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]

Talking to our screening hosts is hands down my favourite part of the work I do with Dream, Girl. Kylie and I connect with women and men around the world every day who seek to inspire and elevate their communities. Energy begets energy and I often come off of calls vibrating with excitement.

There’s been so much momentum as we enter into fall and like most people who have been students for the majority of their lives, I associate the beginning of September as my “new year.” For me, it’s a time of reflection and renewal, to look back on everything that’s transpired during the past 8 months and look ahead at what I still hope to accomplish before the next calendar year.

It’s the latter that has my heart singing, which is an unexpected place to find myself in.

There’s a humbling and deeply grounding moment when you realize a personal dream or accomplish a goal. Moving to New York had that effect on me. As soon as I stepped onto off the plane from Canada, I crossed a threshold that I had only imagined in my mind’s eye.[divider type="dashed" spacing="10"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]D[/dropcap]uring the summer months, I witnessed the power of community firsthand as Erin welcomed me to the neighborhood in Brooklyn, it was a feeling of inclusivity that validated the necessity of my move.

I felt so taken care of. And that sense of security allowed me to jump into life with both feet and integrate with relative ease. As I’ve said before, I don’t take the love I’ve received for granted. I feel incredibly grateful for what I’ve been given.

I again come back to the abundance of energy I feel in my soul.

Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” This notion reminds me of something I often come back to in my journey as a feminist, which is to give what you have been given.

I feel I have been given so much, not only in the past two months but throughout my life. Feeling energized and grounded has allowed me to have the space to return to the central mission of the path I’m on. Meaningfully empowering women and girls around the world, both spiritually and economically, is my purpose.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]

When I was in my final year of university, I attended a YWCA event where Gloria Steinem was giving the keynote address. I met her afterward and thanked her for all she’s done for women. In her goddess-level way that only Gloria is capable of, she took my hand and said, “Your generation has done more than we ever dreamed of.”

And since that day, I’ve set out to prove her right.

When I close my eyes, I can bring myself back to that moment. And when I open them, I see an entire world of possibilities.

The work to achieve equality is never done. But the passion underpinning the movement is limitless.

It’s time to decide what’s next. And I can’t wait until we all prove Gloria right.