Dare to live your dreams is the first line in the poem “Dream” by Robert Smithdas. Recently, Smithdas was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the American Printing House (APH) for the Blind’s annual meeting a couple of week ago. He wasn’t honored for his poetry, although he was National Poet of the Year in 1960, nor was he honored for overcoming obstacles as someone who is deafblind. Smithdas was recognized for his profound impact on the lives of others, including his work improving the lives and opportunities for those that are deafblind. His kindness and compassion encouraged individuals to live their dreams.
While attending APH’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky┬áI was surrounded by individuals that inspire me to live my dreams. This type of inspiration is contagious. Each moment spent with the creative leaders in our field lifted my confidence and inspired me to always do my best every day.
I dare to live my dreams as a principal, a father, a son, a husband, and friend. I dare you to live your dreams.