“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe –
Do you remember a time in your life where a towel out of the wash basket and a clothes peg was all that was needed to transform you from an ordinary Joe Soap into Superman or even Batman [insert your choice of favorite hero here?] Or if as a woman reading this, your mom’s high heels, old handbag and a hand-me-down tube of lipstick and hay-presto… a beautiful fairy-tale princess!
The memories of youth are often filled with daring feats of greatness and the desire to matter, to contribute to do something phenomenal… and then enter the adult phase of life!
I am not sure quite what happens, but it seems a shame to me; whether it be those in positions of authority, which we respect urging us to grow up, to be responsible and realistic. Or the fact that by the time one has turned 21 as a person we have heard the words, “Don’t do that!” or “You can’t!” like a gazzillion times!
Whatever the reason the bottom-line seems to be that unless we as individuals intentionally choose to ignore or even at times when needed, blatantly reject any feedback from the outside that would urge us to give up dreaming and pursuing the things in life that seem to be impossible… we will slowly yet gradually join the treadmill of the majority of people just existing, doing day-to-day life.
The statistics are out: Over 70% of employees in the United States are dissatisfied with their jobs according to Forbes. That means that only a staggering 30% of the total population are happy. That isn’t even mentioning the shocking percentage of people who had the courage to pursue their dreams! I believe that number is somewhere around the 1-3% of everybody alive!
I think the quote from the movie, ‘Tuck Everlasting’ summarizes my thoughts of the dangers of living a dreamless life! The character Tuck turns to Winnie and he says;
“Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life. You don’t have to live forever. You just have to live.”
Whatever the excuse; psychology has proved a definite link between those people who have achieved much and shaped the world as we know it… and their ability to tap into their subconscious, creative brain and DREAM BIG!
In order to dare the impossible, you first have to be able to SEE the impossible subconsciously because, as my favorite book mentions, “faith is the substance of things hoped for… the evidence of things not yet seen!”
Just a thought
Your fellow hero and friends…
Wez & Estela