The Power of Joy & “Impossible” Dreams


My granddad had 7 wives and many children living under the same roof, at the same time . I don’t know how much drama there was in the house (if any), but I’m told granddad had a gun displayed on the wall… 👀

His children grew up (thankfully), became scattered all around the world and had children too. Consequently, every now and then, I get to meet yet another new cousin. There are many of us out there, so I won’t be surprised if you too get to meet my cousins, sometimes. Hey! You might even be one of us… Are you??? 😉

Back to our story. It was a scorching summer evening, in London when one of those ‘Meet Your New Cousin’ moments came. Dele (my other cousin) and I ventured out to meet the girl with a guitar. We knew she was a singer and was playing at a certain club. On our way there, we came across a guitar-playing, singing (on the streets) girl with a cute braided hairstyle. She didn’t look mixed raced, but otherwise closely matched the profile.

Dele approached her with a big smile on his face, and asked with  excited anticipation:

– ” Ay?” 

She raised her eye-brow at him, and continued to play ignoring us completely. Clearly, she was not our new cousin 😦 or maybe she was, but we’ll never know now…

Eventually though, we found the place where our real cousin was playing that night. She had an angelic voice and a very special connection with the people. Tall, beautiful, confident and so happy! She was enough to make an insecure individual like me (then) feel even more insecure. That didn’t happen, though. She was a kind soul – friendly and so down to earth, for the lack of a better description, and so funny too! She quickly became my favourite cousin. That was about 14 years ago, but it hasn’t changed… 

To all my other cousins, I love You  too 😊…Back to the story…

Joy was her name and predisposition.  Depression was my constant companion, at that time.  She had a spring (or a few) in her steps while I dragged my uninspired feet through my very uninspiring life. Her vision was so clear – she had a dream and no fear of imperfection. I had learned to tame my creativity and wouldn’t dare to dream. My fears and insecurities kept stopping me from attempting things. Yep. No wonder we became quite fond of each other. Ha? She was the very first person I told I wanted to write and the first human being who believed I could.

I am very different today, and I know it is all by the Grace of God. Yet, He often sends people into our lives and uses them to show us that there’s a better way. Today, I know that we should neither idolize them nor should we take them for granted.

 When I first met her, Ay (Joy) was a young woman with a guitar and a larger than life dream. Now, she is a mother, wife, award-winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter, producer, actress and more. I would like you to meet my favourite cousin. I hope you’ll enjoy her and will be inspired.

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Monika Ribeiro (writer/poet)

I write because I have to & love to… Writing helps me organize thoughts, understand life & address vital matters in a constructive way. I hope this blog satisfies your intellect & your soul at the same. Be inspired...

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