Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without airplanes, ships, and automobiles?
Have you ever thought about a world where computers don’t exist, that television and other gadgets were never invented?
Have you ever wondered what people would be like without something to push them through the hard and tough times in life?
There has to be a million ‘what-ifs’ in this world, so many of those that we can’t help but wonder about and find no real answer to as we think about an alternate world in which some things exist while others don’t, where some events occurred while others never transpired.
Many have tried to give a solid definition to the word ‘Dream’. Some gave it a positive note while others divulged themselves on the negative side of the said word. Well, like many before me, I too shall try to radiate some of its meaning in my own way.
Someone once said that “Dreams are but an illusion that we put upon ourselves to make life in an unbearable world livable.”
Another man said, “Dreams are not what you have when you are asleep, but rather they are those that do not let you sleep.”
A lot of stories, movies, animated shows even stresses on the subject, most of them have the protagonist aim to achieve something that others find him/her incapable of achieving, but no matter how impossible or even utterly bizarre that dream is, that protagonist still manages to do it.
Some show portrays it as destiny. Some call it luck. Others even point out it was just a fluke. But do you know what I call that ability to reach what one aspires to be?
I call it “Perseverance”.
I call it “Determination”.
I call it “Faith”.
I call it “Courage”.
I call it “Hope”.
I’m not much of a fan of destiny even as I write fiction novels. I really don’t like the idea that your life has already been decided — what decision you make, what path you choose, who you meet and stuff like that.
I’m not even a fan of luck either. I refrain from saying “Good Luck” as much as I can for believing in something as ‘Lady Luck’ isn’t exactly suited to a follower of Christ — someone that I want to be.
And I certainly don’t believe that those who manage to grasp their dreams only do so by a mere fluke. Thinking that is like disrespecting that person’s ability and gift.
Throughout history, we can find several personalities being sneered at for thinking big and aspiring something that had been deemed impossible at their time.
The Wright Brothers, Albert Einstein, Galleleo, Alexander Grahm Bell, and a bunch of other famous people were all laughed at for their ‘weird’ ideas and had even been called ‘freaks’ and ‘idiots’ by the majority of the masses. But no matter what words people threw at them, they still persevered as they sacrificed their time — blood, sweat and tears, into accomplishing what they have dreamed.
All people who got to the top did so by getting off their bottom. They worked hard as they dreamed BIG — reaching for the moon believing that even as they miss it, they will still land among the stars.
I do not generally believe either that only those who succeed are those who are gifted — born with traits that they could even be called ‘Prodigies’.
I don’t believe that what grade you obtain as you study in school will determine how good or great you are. Heck, even Albert Einstein failed most of his subjects and became a drop-out, but look at what he had managed to accomplish.
It’s such a shame that most people these days forget about that and instead focus blindly on their studies — on what’s written in the book. I am not saying that you shouldn’t study at all. I only want to stress out that the greatest lessons in life are not those that are written in chemistry, physics, biology, computer or any other educational books.
The greatest lessons in life are those we obtain from experience.
Hannah Arendt once said these words, “Dreams never come true”.
I don’t know for whatever reason she said that, but I guess she just gave up on dreaming all together. Maybe she dreamt of something but failed to achieve it so she never dreamt of anything again until she finally said those words — discouraging people to dream.
I once read somewhere that you don’t really fail when you are pushed away from something or when you ‘fail’ at something, you only fail when you give up trying — when you give up all together.
Uzumaki Naruto, a fictional character from the acclaimed manga and anime series ‘Naruto’ is someone who dreams big. He dreams to become his village’s strongest ninja, a Hokage. Whenever he blurts out his dream of his people laugh at him thinking that he is only joking and all together rejects that idea. You see, Naruto isn’t the brightest one of his class. He hasn’t got any special bloodline. He is a practical joker who likes to cause trouble and get on other people’s nerves. Basically, his whole village is annoyed at him and even at first they all hate him because they believe him to be a demon (thanks to the demon fox, Kyuubi, sealed within his body when he was still a baby). But no matter how loud the laughter against his dream is, no matter how many people are against him, no matter how little he knows about jutsus, and no matter what people tell him. He still struggles to achieve his dream.
He works hard day and night to achive his goal. He doesn’t listen to the discouragement all around him. He doesn’t look at the downside of things nor dwell in regret for so long, rather he listens to those who encourages and supports him and looks forward into the brighter shade gray.
He might just be a fictional character, but his perception, his belief and his unwavering determination is something that we may all very well copy.
So yeah, dreams are important. And I think there are more dreamers today than ever before in the history of anything, but, they’re so afraid, so many of them. Afraid to lose all their ‘manageable misery.’. It’s all just so pathetic — pathetic and selfish.
Dreams aren’t for a singular person only. The person who dreams isn’t the only one who would benefit when that dream becomes a reality.
It takes real courage to face the unknown. It takes real courage to go for one’s dreams amidst the adversities of life.
After all, twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.