Unleashing Our Dreams
Have you stopped dreaming about what your life could be? Has your vision for your life been clouded by the stresses of the daily grind? Can you still see beyond what time you’re going to bed tonight?
Children have great dreams for their lives. For example, I wanted to be a saber-toothed tiger when I was younger. Sadly, though, some dreams just won’t work out. But most of the time, if you exclude the kids like me who want to become animals, you’ll find that children have this incredible sense of big-picture thinking about their own lives. For example, “I want to be the President of the United States!” And the parents smile at their child, thinking, “How cute,” but not believing that their child’s dream could ever become a reality.
What has happened since our childhood that’s caused us to stop dreaming? I think there are two things. The first is when we get too involved in the everyday routine of life that we slowly stop thinking about the big picture. We stop dreaming about what our lives could be, and we start submitting to the daily. We think in small terms: today. We merely react to the next thing and never take control of where we’re going. Now, you know that I am an advocate of the everyday. If not by the title of my site, you can see traces of it in nearly every post. I love the everyday, and I see it as sacred and important. But we need to look at life in more than one way: the everyday as well as the whole course of life.
The second reason we stop dreaming is because of what I call discouragers, or, people who discourage you from believing you can accomplish your dreams by phrases like, “That could never happen,” or “You could never do that.” If we’re not careful, people who laugh at our dreams can weaken (and sometimes destroy) our dreams. And from then on, the rest of our lives are lived in fear, safety, and comfort. We fear stepping out of our comfort zone, we always take the safe route, and we do what makes us feel comfortable.
But it’s the dreamers who make a difference in our world. World-changers are those who have a dream, and then strive to actualize it. World-changers are those who have a vision, and then spend their whole life making that vision a reality.
I encourage us to look beyond our bedtimes, to look beyond the daily before it’s too late. Most people just accept where they are in life, thinking that it’s all they were made for. Most just live to get through the day. But we need to retrain our eyes to see the end goal and reach for it. My end goal is not sleep, I can tell you that—but so many of my days have been lived like it was my end goal. Where do you want your life to go? What do you want to do with what has been given to you? What have you always had a passion for? What do you want to spend your life doing? These are the questions we must ponder to spend our lives wisely.
Dream big for your life—don’t merely respond to what happens to you: take initiative and plan out where YOU want to go, and what YOU want to do. Then the days will work with you (but not all of them!). So why let the days tell us that we can’t accomplish our dreams? It’s got to be the other way around. We must live out our dreams with the days that are given to us.