Where There Is No Vision

Where There Is No Vision
They say I’m crazy
That I dream too much
If I want to be famous
Then I’m “out of touch”

Where there is no vision
The people perish 

It’s not their decision
My dreams I shall cherish
For where there is no vision
The people perish

I wonder what is worse
Extremely high or none
Going ’round in circles
Is fine for some

Where there is no vision
The people perish 
It’s not their decision
My dreams I shall cherish
For where there is no vision
The people perish
Let us build the world
Set a goal that is “too high”
You won’t be disappointed
Do more than just survive
Where there is no vision
The people perish 
It’s not their decision
My dreams I shall cherish
For where there is no vision
The people perish

Written June 26, 1985
By Oktobre Taylor

Author’s notes:  The day I wrote this I went to the Missouri State Capitol Building.  I think it was the first and only time I went inside.  I was 16 at the time.  I saw carved into the wall “WHERE THERE IS NOT VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH”.  It really resonated with me and I wrote it down in my tiny handy dandy notebook I always kept with me and then I wrote words to go with it.  It resonated because so often I heard that I needed to be “practical” with my goals and that I was a dreamer and needed to keep my feet on the ground.  Really all I wanted was the people I love to support me and tell me that ANYTHING is possible and no dream is too big.  That isn’t what I got so I had to be my own support.  Hopefully my daughter will feel like we support what she dreams of doing the most.
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