The drama of dreams

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Dreams to me have always been like cinema — larger than life. It is almost an escape from the real world I live in. I learned that it is okay to enjoy the escape, but it got tough when my reality began to engender feelings of disappointment.

2020 was strange and uncertain for all of us. But it taught me something very valuable — the difference between dreams and ambition. It’s a fine line, a blurry one. While a dream comforts, it lacks purpose. Ambition evokes ardour but puts you at risk of burnout. A dream encourages ambition; but I wonder if ambition finds a place in one’s dreams?

My mother has always favoured a life of realism, staying pragmatic, and staying within the realms of results and consequences. But I beg to differ.

Mother, oh mother!
How do I convey?
Through one dream or another,
I shall find my way.

My dreams are my soul. They are the foundation of who I am; of whom I want to be. They are the reason for the light in my eyes and drive in my heart.

My dreams are my soul. They are the foundation of who I am; of whom I want to be. They are the reason for the light in my eyes and drive in my heart.

I am a dreamer, an emotional wanderer. I watch myself fly without wings, fight without failures, and imagine a life beyond.

When life seems grey
Stuck between work and play,
The forecast on the other side seems okay.
An escape, a haven, whatever you say,
A detour from reality is the plan for today!

My perception of the word ‘dream’ is not the same as it was a few years ago. There is no pressure to fulfil these dreams, yet they push me in ways no external motivation can. They bring out a sense of hope and have even contributed to self-confidence. Having accepted the fact that they are indeed my escape, I look forward to life more freely. My dreams don’t bind me with expectations, they push me to upgrade my reality.

Regardless of what your dreams mean to you — an escape or the fuel to your ambition — I urge you to keep dreaming.

Dreams show a world beyond your inhibitions and restore faith.

And like John Maxwell said, “Goals may give focus, but dreams give power.”