I founded I Had a Dream Project in January 2017. As soon as the idea sparked, it took off and I’ve never been bored during any part of it. I was obsessed with writing profiles, particularly on people who were so focused on a specific mission and immersed in a passion that the major change they were creating was simply a byproduct.
As I wrote their stories, I noticed a pattern. The subjects were a lot like me. Every part of their lives were shaken. They could have easily given up or joined the voice of the majority. They could have given away their power to other people and suppressed who they really were. But there was something inside of them that told them to keep going despite everyone around them telling them the contrary. They were the ones who told a different story – one of empowerment and following their vision.
I set my vision - my goal - as the distant mountain journalist Neil Gaiman described in his famous "Make Great Art" speech:
"I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain...it's true that nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it, except as bitter experience...The things I did because I was excited, and wanted to see them exist in reality have never let me down, and I've never regretted the time I spent on any of them."
I was once again ignited after meeting these revolutionary subjects whose lives had been dramatically altered and who had awakened to a certain truth they are now modeling. As I observed them, I realized that the unreasonable one who has adapted the world to himself or herself is far greater than the millions of reasonable ones who adapt themselves to the world. How else would progress happen?
I wanted to tell my story through other people’s story – through so many different avenues it’s all the same story.
We appear to be separated by disease, by race, by labels we’re given, by countries or whose side we’re fighting on in a war – none of that is true. In the end, it’s really the unreasonable ones who are making progress in the world. And all of the world’s progress begins with the one who looks within, paints a new vision and begins to tell a different story.
- Jennae Geren
Jennae Geren is a freelance journalist and professional photographer from Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Journalism and has worked as a reporter before operating Geren Imaging, a professional photography business. Most of her work includes headshots, corporate photography, travel writing and content writing for businesses.