Turning dreams into reality
Much of today’s art, in whichever medium it is presented, first started out as a dream. You often hear about songwriters that sleep with a recorder of some kind beside their bed so that they can relate lyrics they dream about, or chords that pop into their head while they sleep. Writers of fiction will often cite dreams as the fuel that drives many of their story ideas, especially since the mind seems to have no filter of any kind when we dream. It makes you wonder why some of those ideas come to people when they dream, and why they seem to bypass most people who are simply just content to get a solid 8 hours sleep.
I believe that we are all presented with those magnificent ideas when we dream, but it’s only a special few that recognize we are receiving those messages from our subconscious mind. It’s those few that take those messages and run with it, creating words, sounds, and visuals that we all seem to connect with. I wonder then if many of us are actually receiving the same signals as we dream, which is why we seem to connect to one artist or writer over another. Perhaps in their words, music, and art, we recognize a little something that may have passed through our minds as we sleep.
We all had dreams, either awake or sleeping, when we were kids about what we wanted to be when we grew up. Not everyone has goals of being a big rock star or writing the next great American novel, and it may be something as simple as wanting to follow a certain career path. The question then is whether those dreams fade because we feel we forget them, or whether we simply abandon them because we don’ really believe we possess the necessary skills to pull them off. Think about what you wanted to be as a kid and I’ll bet that 99% of you are doing something completely different today. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; it simply means that we settled for something else, for one reason or another. Those who go on to achieve their dreams are the ones that never settled and never stopped dreaming.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve.
Many little kids dream of donning a cape and becoming a superhero that saves the day on a regular basis. While that’s one dream that you can’t really hope to attain, Christopher Reeve got as close to it as you can really get. He made a name for himself as Superman, largely because he followed his dream of acting and never stopped until he reached the top. His story would be great enough if it ended there, but he went on to become a real life Superman, even after a horrific injury rendered him paralyzed. Where many people would have chosen to wallow in self-pity, Mr. Reeve picked himself up and fought to try and find a way to help himself and others in his condition. His dreams changed dramatically after his accident, but his pursuit of that new dream was even more dramatic than his dreams of taking the stage.
Christopher Reeve may very well be the perfect example of what you can achieve if you choose to chase your dreams. He may have passed before reaching that final goal of walking again, but he touched the lives of millions in the process, many of whom would go on to carry the torch that he had to hand over in the end.
Dreams may be fleeting, and some will come and go before we ever awake, but when you find a dream that really calls to you, it’s up to you to choose to follow it, no matter what anyone else may think of your decision. I had small dreams as a kid, mostly of playing professional basketball, and I chased that as hard as I could, until a lack of ability finally caught up to me. As I got older I learned that I loved to write, and would do so at any opportunity. I may not have made it into the list of the world’s greatest writer and probably never will, but I write regularly and I live my dream. Do you live yours?