Sometimes, I wonder… Why do we, as humans, have the ability to dream?
I’m not talking about the kind of dreams that you experience when you sleep, because I’m sure there are many scientific and psychological theories about it.
But right now, I’m just wondering on why do we dream, when we are awake?
Why do we have wishes, and sometimes far-stretched ideas on how we want to live our lives? Most of the times, we take this ability to dream for granted, because it comes so easily to us. Most of the times, these dream are spontaneous and fleeting – they come and go, and we forget about them as we went on with our lives, busying ourselves with the tasks of our daily routines.
And yet, isn’t it interesting to see that humans are created with the ability to dream – to strive beyond who we are right now? Why?
Thinking about it, it is both puzzling, and yet empowering.
I believe that our ability to dream is one of the things that empowers us, and to a certain extent – what defines us.
Have you ever thought about the fact that whatever you think about, whatever you dream about… influences how you perceive the world, the decisions you take, and the life you lead?
The thoughts that you entertain in your head are ultimately, the voices that would influence you the most. It could be your loudest encourager, or the source of the most poisonous discouragements.
Some people dream for riches and glory. Some dream for a better future for their children. Some dream to be heard, to find a place to belong, to matter. And there are some, who are simply afraid to dream.
What if we fail? What if our dreams are just that – dreams, and nothing more? Why bother?
But I believe, the first step to take control of your life is by taking control of your dreams.
Take courage on your ability to dream. Dream about things that are beautiful, things that are pure, lovely, and of good-report. Dream about the things that are worth fighting for.
If you have your eyes on the finish line, then you just need to start moving towards it. Yes, the journey might still be long, but at least you know which direction you are going. Yes, it might be impossible to run all the way to finish. But you can start by walking, then crawling, before beginning to run. It doesn’t matter. You just have to keep on moving forward.
But if you don’t have the courage to dream, then how would you know which direction you are going right now? Take a moment, stop from going through the motions, and simply ask yourself… “What do I want to do? Really, really want to do?”
Don’t be afraid to dream. Write them down. Speak. Visualize. Imagine. Believe.
And never forget that this is not a lonely journey. Take courage on the fact that everyone struggles and strives for their visions.
And perhaps one day, when you achieve them, you would be able to answer… why do we, as humans are given the ability to dream.
What is your dream?