It Wasn’t A Sequel To Begin With
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My 3rd novel wasn’t meant to be a sequel to the 2nd novel in the first place. Then something happened. Characters began to beg to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born.

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The Power of DREAMS

Submitted by on January 17, 2010 – 08:085 Comments

“An ordinary girl with an extraordinary imagination; I daydream, write, design and create.”

It took me years to come out with one sentence to describe myself (almost) perfectly without losing the essence of me. Reason being I was in denial that I have an extraordinary imagination and I live in that imagination when I tune out from the world around me into daydream mode. The fact that I spend a lot of my time dazing into space and daydreaming used to disturb me because in the eyes of the world, a girl who daydreams is a girl who achieve less. And I can’t afford to achieve less. Every one of us was born to be achievers and none of us can afford to achieve less than what we were created for.

Over the years, I meet lesser and lesser people who have dreams of their own. People are either turning into robots in their struggle to reach the peak of their career or they were simply too afraid to dream. Stoning into space would mean that they are troubled minds, so people don’t want to be seen that way. They keep themselves busy, they keep working, they keep producing, they forget about their dreams and desires – they start running after people’s dreams instead. And they wonder why they are wearing out in their pursuit – it’s because there is no passion in a dream that is not ours.

Despite putting up a front for others to see, I am fortunate to say that my transparency self shines through in my writings. Even as I appear robotic and programmed in the working world, there’s a part of me that sits me down every evening by my window sill to zoom into the dreamland which I have created in my mind. My dreams are not close to happening, but as I believe and breathe them close to my heart, a part of me believes that my dreams would be fulfilled one day. For that to happen, I have to keep daydreaming and believing in them.

I first realised how much it would mean to me if I could published a book one day when I was 16. It was at that age that I discovered a passion for writing and I knew in order to keep that passion going, I will have to keep writing. But writing and keeping my writings on the shelf collecting dust is not something I have in mind. I wanted to share my stories with the world around me. I want to be a published writer. And so I wrote.

People laugh when you share your dreams with them. But never be discouraged. You must know that they are laughing at themselves and not you or your dreams; They are laughing because they don’t have dreams and they think you are foolish to have the courage to dream when everyone is striving to earn a living just to feed themselves. They are living because they have to; As dreamers, we are living because we have a dream and we want to see it happen. That’s the difference that set us apart.

Let your dreams drive you. Do not lose your focus on them. It was dreams that brought me through my college days; My dream to be a Creative Director one day. It was dreams that brought me through a phrase I call starting-with-the-right-job-even-if-it-means-working-for-free; My dream to do what I love for a living. It was dreams that kept me writing the 200 pages manuscript day and night; My dream to be a published novelist in the country. Dreams can push us further beyond all that we can imagine for ourselves.

It’s dreams that live in your heart that will tug the corners of your soul and make you breathe. You have the choice to run after your dreams, or let your dreams fade. You have the choice to be satisfied with all that you are achieving in life, or drop them all and start running after your long lost dream. As one who has stepped out of the wilderness over and over again to run after a dream that seems so much bigger than myself, I want to dare you to dream again. Forget what the world is offering to you, or how much your boss is paying you to do the job that you don’t like. Forget about what others expect of you or how much they don’t believe in you. Because what matters is you believe in your dreams and its power will pull you through. That as much I believe for myself.

P/s: My first novel will be published in March 2010. Now, that is one dream I thought would never take place but it’s happening. All because I cling onto that dream and never let it go away.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2010

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