As naïve children, don’t we all dream of endless possibilities as somehow we know that we will leave an everlasting mark on this world? Just a few yesteryears ago we aspired to be an astronaut or a policeman or a sportsperson or maybe even the president of our country… any person who can make the world a better place. Yet, today, these dreams are only a trivial and insignificant part of our existence that is soon to be forgotten forever.
Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to a child is to grow up.
We blow this huge hot air balloon filled with happiness, ambition and desire and something that is often missed today… hope, ready to soar into the world when we are youngsters, but when we become teenagers, we poke holes into our own balloons using fear, jealously and pride.
But the biggest hole which propels the rest, is the one caused by knowledge, the knowledge that we are but a tiny speck in this humongous universe and could end up making no difference at all. The knowledge that millions before us have failed to do what we want to. This knowledge that is supposed to catalyse our dreams has the equal capability of destroying them. These holes push the hope out of our dreams making them incapable of taking off.
What would be the world’s condition now if all dreams remained as one?
We fear that our balloon will not take off, blind to the fact that we are the ones holding it back. Maybe if we dream smaller and just go with the flow, we won’t be victims of disappointment and failure, but if we do so we will fall victims to something worse, jealousy and dissatisfaction.
These holes that infiltrate our balloon can be patched with hard work and with knowledge itself, the knowledge that only a handful have done it before you because the universe has paved a path for you to accomplish it, the knowledge that you can make a significant change in this world with sheer determination, intellect and the required drive.
We are the future. Why must it be small? Why use the knowledge that we possess only for ourselves and leave the entire world waiting, when we can leave them awestruck?
It isn’t going to be easy, it never has been, and it never will be. The larger dreams give us a longer and much harder chase, with more downs than ups, but the greater your storm the brighter your rainbow.
May we soar past the obstacles to make our dreams stories.