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 Great projects starts with a dream, deep thinking and finally a plan to make it happen. Most of the things we see and hear today are the innovative works of human intellect that came to be as a result of the deliberate use of the brain. The truth about dreaming as it were is that, no one will do it for you except you.

One of my revered fathers will say; God has given you brain so that you don’t disturb Him. Isn’t this true in that sense?

So how long will you go to bed with nothing and yet wake to another new day without anything you are pursuing or better still giving your world? While in a dialogue with a friend recently I made mention of the fact that, our existence today is really not for ourselves as it were but for others. So if you can’t dream or better still aspire for something great, then the choice of you being remembered when you are gone will be so slim.

As an art enthusiast, writer and researcher one of those things I so much appreciate is the invaluable contributions a lot of people have channeled into the making of artworks, scripts, screenplay, novels and much more. All these culminate into the making of art, history and the making of who we really are as nationals of our respective nations. Here is a rhetorical question I asked myself sometimes back.

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What if these people failed us by not dreaming and executing their dreams?

In this article today, I will be telling you the story of a dreamer and specifically an Abolitionist who fed her dream, starved her fear and is remembered in multiple places today for her heroic feat.

John Brown, Richard Wright, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Lucretia Mott, David Walker. If you are quite familiar with these names then you will be quick to ascribe to them, their role in putting an end to slavery in particularly, America. For the sake of space and time I won’t be examining all of these icons mentioned above but will be more focused on the great dream of American Abolitionist, Harriet Tubman.

Harriet Tubman is not like many who will sit down all day long, nursing their aspirations without doing anything but she went on to starve her fear and eventually actualized her dream. Her story as I will be sharing here, tells of a valiant visioner who dreamt of a free African American citizenry where families can live together under no duress, without stress of speaking into the ears of a Caucasian superior.

Tubman was born enslaved in Dorchester County, Maryland. She was beaten and whipped by various masters as a child. She suffered a traumatic head wound during her early days when an angry overseer threw a heavy metal weight intending to hit another enslaved person, but hit her instead. The injury caused dizziness, pain, and spells of hypersomnia, which occurred throughout her life. Following this injury sustained, it was gathered that she began experiencing strange visions and vivid dreams, which she said were premonitions from God. These experiences, combined with her Methodist upbringing, led her to become devoutly religious.

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In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, only to return to Maryland to rescue her family soon after. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other enslaved people to freedom. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or “Moses”, as she was called) “never lost a passenger”. After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed, she helped guide fugitives farther north into British North America (Canada), and helped newly freed enslaved people to find work. Tubman met John Brown in 1858, and helped him plan and recruit supporters for his 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry

When the Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more than 700 enslaved people. After the war, she retired to the family home on property she had purchased in 1859 in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents. She was active in the women’s suffrage movement until illness overtook her, and she had to be admitted to a home for elderly African Americans that she had helped to establish years earlier. After her death in 1913, she became an icon of courage and freedom. Story Credit: (Wikipedia, the online Encyclopedia).

She was said to have thought of her family. “I was a stranger in a strange land. My father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were in Maryland. But I was free, and they should be free.” She worked odd jobs and saved money just to feed her dream and make it see the light of the day. You know it is easy to be fed, but it takes the heart of gold to feed others. The beautiful thing about your dream is that many destinies are attached to it if you will only run with it. Had Tubman not responded to the dream she had, maybe her story wouldn’t be so inspiring today.

The amazing part of this story is Tubman’s determination never to escape all alone but to also later help her family escape and according to historical documentation, seventy other black slaves. The point being made here is clear. She dreamt of helping others gain freedom just as she tasted.

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Possible impediments and Inspirational thought to review in Tubman’s Story

1.       Born Enslaved: There is nothing as painful in life as growing up to know your parents are slaves and you yourself. That can totally shatter the dream of a youngster who has nurtured some childhood aspirations of becoming a doctor, nurse etc. However, the pain of slavery Tubman went through as an enslaved youngster was enough to lead to a revolution for her and the entire enslaved folks she came in contact with.

2.       Beaten and whipped by various masters as a child: Beating and whipping wasn’t enough for her to settle for the status quo. A popular school of thought propounded that frequent lashing of a kid leads such kid to become violent. But then, Tubman according to historian accounts was able to channel this weakness as a strength which really got her angry to pray about her master that God change his mind, and afterwards led a fugitive slave action.

3.       Suffered a traumatic head woundIt will later be recorded that Tubman suffered a lifetime injury on her head due to the effect of the metal weight item thrown at her by an angry master. The injury caused by this led tohypersomnia for her and she had to battle with this all her life till she passed on. But the amazing part of this story was that, she never allowed that unpleasant experience stop her. It was documented that she reportedly chose instead to bite down on a bullet.

4. Traveling by night: It is generally not advised to travel by night due to the obscurity, insecurity, and evil attached to travel by night. As a matter of fact, a woman traveling with several other people a night will sound foolish but she would later be recognized for her strength, heroic feat and determination to see her dream become a reality.

A lot of times we could have genuine reasons for not doing certain things, but what about what will later be said about us when we are no longer here. It is no longer doubt that Harriet Tubman was here. We can see her footprint on the sand of time.

If nothing can stop Tubman then don’t ever allow anything to stop you from Dreaming and Aspiring. Remember, it is never expensive to dream and aspire.

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