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Audrey Caylin: To My Fellow Dreamers

Saturday, March 25, 2017

To My Fellow Dreamers


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 This has been on my mind a ton lately as I go around and read and comment on other bloggers' posts. I just keep stepping back and realizing: wow, this is incredible.

What is?

You guys. All of us. This community of teenagers and young adults writing, blogging, reaching, dreaming.



Think about it. Not everybody does this stuff. Not everybody sits down for several hours and grinds out a blog post every week or so for someone to read. They don't even know if someone will read it, but they do it anyway, waiting for one person to come by and say "wow. this is great. keep it up." And no, they're not doing it to get applauded for their efforts, but because they have a dream.

We've got dreams.

The cool thing is, they're not all the same dreams. Some of us want to be best-selling authors. Others are writing a story for their sick friend. Some are artists, painters of sound or images, aiming for the stars of a professional career. Or we just want to lead our church's worship band for the rest of our lives. Yet we're here, online, writing about it and sharing it with other people.

We're all dreamers.

Even if that dream is as small as working at your local coffee shop, it's a dream.

Sometimes I look at the blogging world here, and I imagine us all in the same room, each singing our own song. Yet when the voices rise, they mingle together into one of the most beautiful songs in the world.

A bunch of young people chasing after their dreams.

A bunch of young people doing what they love.

A bunch of young people on a mission.

And when you look at it like that, it may not seem like much. But it is.

 I may not know this as much as I could. I've only been in the blogging world for coming on six months now. But I remember going to a teenager's blog for the first time, reading the post, scrolling through the comments, and thinking to myself "Wow. Look at all of this support and community! These people are amazing!"

I was awestruck by all the passion (and wondering why I hadn't found it yet). I was almost tentative to join in, wondering if I could be one of these wide-eyed determined dreamers, reaching for stardust and sunlight.


Then I hopped in and started meeting you all. That's when I realized how similar yet different we all are. When I'm reading other posts or replying to comments, sometimes I sit back and just stare, because it's so amazing. There's so many people out there, so many blogs I visit, yet I feel like I know everyone in a special way based on how they pour their heart into what they write.

And you know what blows me away the most? The support. The love. The community. We aren't a mass of dreamers shoving down our friends so we can get a leg-up. Yeah, we might be competitive at times, but we're making an effort to help everyone succeed. Because when one person does, it feeds the flames of our burning desire to make our dreams own come true as well.

Seriously. The support around here makes me want to cry sometimes it's just so beautiful. The world needs more of that, guys. I think every single one of us has the power to make a difference in the world.

We're readers. We're writers. We're singers. We're artists. We're weavers of words and stories, beams of light, stars in the night, pricks of hope and brightness in the world. We're on fire with passion and out on a mission to accomplish our dreams. And...I think God's smiling at us, smiling at His young soldiers as they go off to fight for Him, aflame in His Spirit and Truth.

But we're not alone. No. Whether we blog by ourselves or collaborate, we're amazing. 

So, to my fellow dreamers:

don't stop dreaming
don't stop stretching for that light
that goal
that's  t u g g i n g
at your
soul
you're going to make it
there
because friend
you've got a lot people cheering
for you
the King of the universe
is applauding your footsteps
as you seek His glory
through the gifts
He gave
you
He's going to use you
like an artist
using a paintbrush
making bold strokes or gentle brushes
across a tapestry
of a life
of the world
so whether you paint with a paintbrush
or a pencil
or a pen
or your keyboard
or the notes and lyrics from your soul
you're a dreamer
a tool
in His hand

I don't care if you're a painter of words, objects, stories, or ideas: He's going to use you, fellow dreamer.

<3

Audrey Caylin

(p.s. I'm taking part in a blog tour on Wednesday, so next Saturday's post will be my March wrap-up...and a surprise ;-)


What are you a painter of? What's your dream?

40 Comments:

At March 25, 2017 at 9:03 AM , Blogger abigail lennah said...

The blogging community is one of the most beautiful communities I've ever been a part of, and I'm happy to say that I relate to this so much. I think, because of our similarities, we built each other up and thus the reason for the tight-knittedness, but because we all have different aspirations, it diversifies who and what you read about. It's just amazing.

xoxo Abigail Lennah

 
At March 25, 2017 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Karyssa Norton said...

This was beautiful! <3 I couldn't have said it better myself. :)

 
At March 25, 2017 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Marrok MacIntyre said...

I have a confession to make... I don't spend hours writing blog post right now, because I pre-wrote them over summer 0o0 okay joking aside I totally get what your saying. Back when I started my blog I was like "will anyone even read this? well if they do what kind of comments will I get, mean ones?" (honestly I'm still waiting for someone to leave a mean comment) but I'm blown away at how nice these people in the blogging world are. I can't even believe people from different places stop by every week to read my post, let alone comment on it. Great post you've expressed exactly the why I have been feeling lately!

 
At March 25, 2017 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Maddy said...

I just found your blog and I'm so happy that I did!!! I really enjoyed reading this post! Keep up the good work Audrey!!
- Maddy littlebitofsunshineweb.wordpress.com

 
At March 25, 2017 at 2:08 PM , Blogger Florid Sword said...

Wonderful post. Thank you so much for writing this, Audrey.
thefloridsword.blogspot.com

 
At March 25, 2017 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Sarah Margaret said...

guuurrll. this post hurt. so beautifully written and so true. <33

 
At March 25, 2017 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

I know. I've never been involved in anything like this in person. I think it would be awesome if we could all meet someday and have the most epic party ever (that would be a lot of people from a lot of places :P)

Thanks for reading! <3

 
At March 25, 2017 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

THANK YOU, Karyssa <3

 
At March 25, 2017 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Whaaaaat?!?

xD

Yeah :P I've met some pretty angry people on the Internet before, and I'm still wondering when one of them might find my blog (don't even get me started on how terrified I was when I got an email notification for my first comment)

Thank you!

 
At March 25, 2017 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Welcome to the blog, Maddy! Nice to meet you :)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

<3

 
At March 25, 2017 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH <3

 
At March 25, 2017 at 7:13 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

aaaaah thank you, Sarah <3 Thanks for reading!

 
At March 25, 2017 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Hannah White said...

Ahhh this post is just so beautiful and encouraging and adsjkflhakjsdfhksdj <3 <3 <3 I am a painter of words and I am a dreamer of books on shelves and in hands of children and young adults, filled with hope and wonder.

Thank you for this. <3

 
At March 25, 2017 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Jem Jones said...

This is a beautiful post, Audrey, and one I certainly agree with. As a very new blogger myself I have been amazed by the incredible community and the support and kind words everyone shares around.

You guys are all awesome - you too, Audrey! :D - and God WILL use you. <3

Jem Jones

 
At March 26, 2017 at 3:55 AM , Blogger Imogen Allen said...

Beautiful post, thank you xx
http://imogen-may.blogspot.co.uk/

 
At March 26, 2017 at 4:11 AM , Blogger AmyNikita said...

Amazing post, Audrey. I'm constantly in awe of the blogging community and the support and love that goes round. It's incredible (and I've almost cried on occasional, but don't tell anyone ;) and I'll forever be honoured that I'm a part of it.

Brilliant post <3

Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

 
At March 26, 2017 at 6:33 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

OH wow I love this post so much Audrey! It's so inspiring and definitely makes me so happy that I have now started blogging, and of course, grateful for this amazing community <3

Thank you for beautiful posts like this.

- Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

 
At March 26, 2017 at 2:49 PM , Blogger Jane Maree said...

So true. Just so amazingly true. I am so blessed to be in this blogging community and receive such encouragement (and hopefully give it too). Thank you for being a beautiful part of it, Audrey. :)

And that poem though. *shivers* So. Beautiful. I want to print it out and put it on my bedroom wall. :D

 
At March 26, 2017 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Clara said...

Wow this ware really amazing. And that poem...like touched my soul, gurrlll<3

 
At March 26, 2017 at 7:34 PM , Blogger Micaiah Saldaña said...

Wow. Just... Wow. This is how I feel about this awesome writing community that we're a part of. And that last part.... This post was AMAZING, Audrey!

And a blog tour?! A surprise!? *is impatient*
Micaiah
www.notebooksandnovels.com

 
At March 27, 2017 at 4:12 AM , Blogger Arnica Annonymous said...

A sweet post Audrey! The blogging community is wonderful! I have met some lovely people through it and been encouraged by many more!

 
At March 27, 2017 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Caitlin Lambert said...

Beautiful, Audrey! I've met some absolutely amazing people in the writing/blogging community, and I confess I too had some initial doubts. I'll never get tired of connecting with new people :)

 
At March 27, 2017 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

THANK YOU, HANNAH. And those words are sooo beautiful, btw. I can't wait to read some of those hope and wonder-filled books one day <3

 
At March 27, 2017 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Right?!? I was so shocked when people started showing up on my blog leaving nice, encouraging comments. Connecting with everyone is one of my favorite things about blogging now.

Aww, thank you! God will use YOU too <3

 
At March 27, 2017 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Eeep thank you <3

Thanks for reading! :D

 
At March 27, 2017 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

I know :P Sometimes I scroll through other comment sections and just soak up the love and encouragement in this community. It makes me want to help and support everyone more myself.

Thank you so much, Amy! And thank you for being a part of this community <3

 
At March 27, 2017 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Yes! I love your blog! :D

THANK YOU. I'm glad you liked it <3

 
At March 27, 2017 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Thank YOU for being a part of it. It's great to see you all over blogsphere and on Kingdom Pen too xD Btw, do you have a blog link? You know, so I can go stalk your posts ;)

EEEP. THANK YOU. I only recently started messing around with free verse poetry and that's so encouraging <33

 
At March 27, 2017 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

aaaaaah. Thank you so much, Clara. Your comment just made my day <3

 
At March 27, 2017 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Micaiah. <3 <3 <3 Your support and everyone's support...it's amazing. I hope I will be forever awed by how we share love and encouragement around here.

*goes to work on the surprise* xD

 
At March 27, 2017 at 10:58 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

I know. I wish there were 72 hours in a day so I could be on everyone's blogs all at once and share gratitude and support everywhere.

Thank you so much! Thanks for reading! <3

 
At March 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

My initial doubts kept me from starting a real blog for a while :P But I think one of my favorite parts of blogging now is interacting with other readers and dreamers like myself :)

Thanks for reading! :D

 
At March 27, 2017 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Jane Maree said...

Awh. ^-^
Oh yesss. *grabs link* This is my blog: https://mistymaiden.blogspot.com.au/ (doesn't look very professional or anything -yours is so much cooler- but it's got my ramblings on it, so yup.)

 
At March 27, 2017 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

At last! xD Thank you! *goes to stalk it*

 
At March 28, 2017 at 4:30 AM , Blogger Melissa Gravitis said...

Ahhhhh this is so beautiful. I don't know what else to say really, because the words beauty and truth embody this gorgeous post. Thank you for sharing this amazing message and reminding me of what a wonderful community I'm in! ❤

 
At March 28, 2017 at 6:17 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Awww thank you so much, Melissa. Thank you for being a part of this community <3

 
At April 1, 2017 at 4:41 AM , Blogger Hailey Hudson said...

Wow, I LOVE this.

Hailey
www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

 
At April 1, 2017 at 6:59 PM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

Thank you so much, Hailey! :D

Thanks for reading! <3

 
At August 4, 2017 at 4:00 AM , Blogger Zane Jones said...

Wow. This is so true! (I know I'm way late to comment but I just had to.) I have been amazed at the support the blogging community has given me, and I've only been blogging for a little over six months. Everyone is so kind! :) Thanks for this post!

 
At August 7, 2017 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Audrey Caylin said...

YESSS. That's probably the best thing about this community -- it's so inclusive. Everyone welcomes you in to the blogging family no matter how new you are :)

Thank YOU for commenting! <3

 

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