A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. – Oscar Wilde
The world is made up of two kinds of people, dreamer and the ones who has stopped dreaming. We are all born as a dreamer. We dream big, we think big and we yearn for the extraordinary. Within each of us is the potential to be outstanding but we rarely tap into that. We barely scratch its surface during our childhood and teenage years. After that we are thrust into the real world. No more parents to act as buffers to absorb the live shocks that life decided to thrust on to you. Dreams are considered waste of time. We are told to be realistic. To know our limits. Stay in our limits. In short our own family, society and circumstances chains us to the ground. Options become limited. We live within a box. A very narrow box. And we are internally suffocating, our creativity is dying and dreams are ending up in the graveyard in masses.
You see things; and you say, “Why?”
But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw
Let’s be truly honest. What is your dream? Your ultimate dream? The one dream that has been shinning bright in your mind for as long as you remember? Do you want to a race car driver? Travel around the whole world? Be a movie star? Be a writer? Or do you want to help people by establishing your own NGO? Or do you want to win Masterchef Australia? Or did you watch a lot of spy movies and think you want to be a super cool spy like James Bond? What is it? What is the one thing that means the most to you in this world? Think about that. There will always be something. That one dream that makes you who you are. I mean did you wish you could be Iron man? Even that’s in the realms of possibility. Did you know that? Iron man had Jarvis and now finally we have created Artificial Intelligence of our own, opening up a whole new world. As for the suit, sure it might take a lot of years and sophisticated engineering but theoretically you could create one. So see my point? Nothing is impossible. Nothing, not even flying because we are already working on flying cars.
Now after you figured that out, think. What is standing in your way? Let me help you list the most obvious ones. Life, financial status, family and circumstances right? But you are deliberately overlooking your biggest foe. Your biggest enemy. Your own self. You may find it hard to believe but you are right there, standing between the path to reaching your goals and fulfilling your dreams. You are there blocking the way, weighed down by your own beliefs and insecurity. For you see, you never believed you can do it. You chose the easy way, listening to others and society. You let them dictate your fate while marveling the success of great men like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. But then you envy them and think life is so unfair because they achieved everything with stroke of master luck. But you see that’s where you are wrong.
The leaders, the visionaries and pioneers of the world got to where they were by following their dreams. They chased their dreams. They didn’t listen to the 101 reasons why their dreams were too big. They chose to leave past in the past and make their own history. Do you think if history is the perfect teacher? And we should follow history always? I mean do you think if we told someone from 1860’s that in 2010 The President of United States of America, the leader of the free world would be a Black man, they would have believed you? I mean there had never been an African American as a leader of the country, did that stop President Obama? See, he made his own fate. He decided to walk his own path. That is what great men and women do. They won’t give up, just because what they dream is considered too big or their parents fail to understand them and tell them to get their heads out of the clouds. No, I tell you, dream so big that you don’t just build a castle in the sky, build an entire empire.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain
What you must understand is that the world is constantly changing and we have to keep evolving to keep up. Things that might have seemed too radical might be perfect for now. As they say, there is always a time for everything. Look how in the past science was viewed as tool of devil and scientists lived in secrecy, well today it’s the age of science and technology. This is the golden age of dreamers. So yes, sadly your family and friends may not understand you. What you hope for maybe concepts that they are not yet able to grasp. So, choose yourself. Choose to follow your dream. If they truly love you, they will trust you and trust that you know what you are doing. Above all they will be happy to know that you are happy chasing your dreams, no matter how far fetched they think it is. Tell this to your family and loved ones.
But then, there are those in whom the green eyed monster is dwelling. People who are envious of you. Envious of your visions and want to see you fail. You need to understand that these can even be your friends in sheep’s clothing. Such people will try to discourage you, influence you without you realizing it and you must be on alert for such games. Humans have a tendency to be selfish, in some this tendency is multiplied so many times that it has consumed them. Such people’s lives revolve around breaking other peoples hopes and dissuading them from following their dreams. Do not fall prey to them. When you encounter such people and such mentality, ask your self who says you can’t be the best? Who says you can’t be presidential? Who says you can’t ace the test? The only one whose opinion matters is your own. So, don’t listen to them. Dream big and race for your dreams. Give it your all. Pour entire heart into it and no matter how many times you fall, make sure get back up, because that is how you make your dreams come true.
Don’t just build a castle on the clouds, build an entire empire.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C. S. Lewis