Letting it Happen vs. Making it Happen

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DGUPDATEBy Diana Matthews

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]O[/dropcap]n August 4th, I woke up as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning. On one of the dog days of summer, something big was happening for Dream, Girl. It was announced that our co-founders, Erin and Komal, were named as part of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a list featuring extraordinary individuals that live life intentionally, create great social impact and bring inspiration to others.

Yeah, that happened.

With Komal back in Canada for the summer and Erin on holidays for the week, I was holding down the fort in our New York office. When I opened my laptop and logged into Facebook and Instagram, my feeds were flooded with pictures and videos from Komal, Erin and the Super Soul team. The energy was electrifying as notification after notification popped up on my desktop. The outpouring of love and support from our incredible community gave me butterflies and a feeling of deep gratitude in my heart.

And then Erin posted a video of herself with the September issue of Oprah Magazine, tearing up as she showed the picture of her and Komal with the rest of the Super Soul leaders. My eyes instantly flooded, to see her so emotional made the moment so real. I felt like I was witnessing her in a moment when a dream came true. And the gravity of what it means to work alongside Komal and Erin became something of a moment for me as well.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I[/dropcap]’ve been going through a big transition after moving to New York. When you’re building a life in a new city, it’s easy to get caught up in the novelty of each day.. Everything is new: your apartment, the grocery store, the commute, not to mention the city itself. I’ve been thinking on a few big questions lately: what does it take to build a life? What pieces need to come together and fall into place before the puzzle is complete? And more importantly, how long does that process take?

Buoyed up by my love of NYC and the excitement from the move, I’ve spent the last month trying to get all of the puzzle pieces to fall into place as quickly as possible. A goal that holds absolutely no basis in reality.

When I arrived at the beginning of July, I made a long to do list and would check items off, instantly feel guilt for the ones that had not been completed. When I didn’t buy groceries for the week, for example, I felt terrible for wasting so much money on take out. And when I slept in for an extra 30 minutes in the morning, I felt lazy and out of routine. Getting into the swing of things is taking time.

But when I held the magazine in my hands, a new perspective opened up that I hadn’t considered before last week. The inclusion of Dream, Girl on this list is a huge thing to have happen at any time, but after moving across the continent to work on developing and forwarding this movement, it felt life-changing for all of us.

Being a part of this team has been such a gift. The amount of support we share with one another is akin to the dynamics of a close-knit family, which feels amazing to say, considering Kylie, Komal, Erin and I haven’t been in the same room together since our premiere at the beginning of June.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]W[/dropcap]orking with Erin and Komal is one of the most validating experiences of my life. When I heard they had been named alongside other fierce individuals like Ava Duvernay, Arianna Huffington and Jesse Williams, I was thrilled to see them recognized in such a profound way. They truly are remarkable women and their mission to economically empower women and girls around the world is something they not only talk about, but embody and work toward daily. What’s most inspiring is the humility they bring to the office week after week. No matter what’s happening, good or bad, they show up. Every single day.

Being around that type of leadership is one thing, but the generosity they express is what makes them so inspiring to the people in their lives. Their commitment to screening Dream, Girl around the world through community-organized events is a practical part of the distribution strategy for the film. But what happened on August 4th, was pure magic.

I’m learning that while all of us are in the day to day hustle of making it happen, whatever ‘it’ is, we’re simultaneously creating space to let it happen in ways we never imagined possible.

Dream big. And then bigger. And don’t ever stop.