One Word, Four Letters: Hope.

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“Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”

Barack Obama (my forever president)

With the grand fiery Cheeto in office it’s nice to have the Internet as a way to remind us of what a class act president actually is. This quote resonates and resonated with so many because I think we all need a reminder every now and again to be hopeful.

Nothing worth having will simply fall on your lap. Blessings fall after the work is put in. Like Obama said: “Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.” 

This four letter power word packs so much force.

It’s a positive drug that gives the sweetest of highs because with it you can fall, tackle the roadblocks despite the difficulty, and continue to try. 

I am my most hopeful when it comes to seeing any project through alongside a close friend. Ever realize how helpful you are when the project doesn’t directly belong to you? You become solutions-oriented, hardly bogged down by setbacks, and a backseat driver with ideas and most importantly, hope. 


Let it be your project. You start steering your vehicle like it’s the road test and the instructor on the passenger side is simply looking for ways to fail you. Do not parallel park your ability to push through.

Hope isn’t just a positive attitude. I am all for posi-vibes but am fully aware that being hyper confident that a change is a’coming is not sustainable. See, when the journey to relaunch began I felt as light as a feather. I felt like I could take on the world. Then fear began to grip me and the one thing that helped battle that was hope. 

Hope from my friends. 

Hope from my family.

Hope from myself for myself. 

There’s something about having that power to say, “today sucked but tomorrow I will,” that cannot be shortchanged or exchanged for anything else. I am most hopeful that I can and what is meant to be will fall into the appropriate place. I am also aware that I have to double-down in my courage to continue working towards and fighting for what I want. 

Let hope burn your path ablaze. When it gets hard, take a step back. Recharge your battery. Try something else then get back in the saddle. 

Don’t let your hope run dry. 

Much love, 

Alley

Alley Olivier