That’s a lyric from Pharrell Williams song “Happy”.
I’m so obsessed with Pharrell right now. In fact, I’ve fallen in love with him (sorry Ryan Gosling, but you’re now my number two).
That interview he did with Oprah the other day just melted my heart. Particularly when he cried.
I cried with him.
I was so moved by his honesty. By his overwhelming emotions. Every single hair on my body stood on end as I watched him watching his video of his song “Happy” being played. In one part where the camera pans back to him, you can see the humbled expression on his face. You could see he was fighting back tears already. And then the floodgates opened.
“Sometimes there’s just no way to hold back the river.” – Paulo Coelho
And this is where I’ll begin, dedicating this piece to the inspirational Paulo Coelho, and his life changing book, The Alchemist.
Knowing that Mr Williams is a fan of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho sealed the deal for me.
That book changed my life too.
It made me realise the importance of following my heart. Following it blindly. Following the signs. Trusting that it will lead me to what is most important in life – my hearts desire.
Pharrell says “you have to be unafraid to dream, and you have to be even more brave and gallant about blue printing what you’ve envisaged. You gotta be brave about that”.
It’s also important to surround yourself with people who believe in your vision. Who uplift, and support you. Who are in awe of the light you possess within. Who can see the passion you hold in that heart of yours. Who drive you, and push you, and never let go of your hand.
And it teaches you to never give up.
“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” – Paulo Coelho
Surely, if you truly desire something, a set back is not going to make you give up on your dream?
The book also teaches that there’s only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve – the fear of failure. And like my Aunty always teaches me – we must feel the fear, and do it anyway. We must never give up on our dreams. We must also recognise everyone in our life as teachers. We learn something from everyone.
So whilst I haven’t written a lot of my own words in this particular piece, and have merely quoted, I do want to drive home the importance of having a dream, and knowing what it is that you want, so the universe can conspire to help you to achieve it.
After all, that’s all that it takes. A thought. A desire. A wish. A dream.
That’s the most famous quote from The Alchemist.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho
One of my biggest, and most avid supporters, who has been the greatest source of inspiration to me, sent me this quote the other day about Alchemists. (Oh, and for those of you who don’t know, Alchemy is the art of turning lead into gold).
“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” – William H. Gass
She pushes me to write, and write, and write. And I am so thankful. My heart is full of gratitude for her relentlessly pushing me to follow my heart, and having so much patience with me, being the complicated woman I am. And to that special friend of mine, I promise I will change the world into words.
So to wrap it up, be like a room without a roof. Let the sky be your limit, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Cause they’re full of shit.
And Happy Easter xxx.