Am I Only Dreaming?

Why is dreaming big so frowned upon? When a child announces that he’s going to be a dancer, his parents and teachers hope he’ll grow out of it. Why is it more acceptable to say you want to be a doctor or a teacher, rather than a playwright or a photographer?

Simple. It’s because the people who care about you want to protect you from disappointment and hardship. Because your talent, no matter how much you and your loved ones appreciate it, might not be to everyone’s taste. Because so few people blessed / cursed with creativity “make it”. Because “struggling” is the most common adjective to describe “artist” or “actor” or “writer”. Because they want you to be safe and get a “real” job – one that comes with a company car and a pension. So, you’re advised to just be realistic.

But what’s realistic is acknowledging your gifts and doing something with them. What’s realistic is at least giving it a shot. What’s realistic is wanting to live a happy life doing something you’re passionate about.

Of course, it’s easier to live a normal life. Sharing your creativity means baring your soul. It means lifting the comfortable veil that most of us wear. There can be no secrets when you allow others to glimpse the depths of your emotion, the shades of your pain, the hidden creases of your heart, and the crevices of your imagination.

Sadly, many people don’t even try to pursue their passion. They know they’ve got something special but they’ve given up on it before they’ve even started. Or they’ve never had the time or space to explore their creativity. There are too many bored secretaries, frustrated sales reps and depressed accountants. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condemning these occupations. Creativity manifests in many forms. I’d just hope that if you work at one of these professions, it’s because order or commerce or numbers are your passion. And if not, that you’d at least humour your creative side on the weekends.

Without dreamers, the world would be a very dull place. We would never have even heard of music, poetry, theatre or literature. If nobody took a chance on their dreams, there would be no Harry Potter or Bilbo Baggins, Dracula or Holly Golightly. We wouldn’t be able to talk on the phone or fly to another continent. Andrea Bocelli would be just another blind Italian. And we wouldn’t have the likes of this. 

Or this.

Starry Night - Vincent van Gogh

Or this. 

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10 responses to “Am I Only Dreaming?

  1. Brilliant 🙂

  2. O having dreams is a wonderful thing. I wish that people were not afraid to open their dreams, beautiful things come from the soul.

  3. I am friends with Temple Grandin, the doctor of animal welfare from Colorado State University and the woman that HBO did a movie about. Did you know that scientists have studied Van Gogh’s work and found mathematical order in his work? It is really fascinating now that we are seeing science and spirit converging and the first way of this, is most definately through art. Thank you for this post – how wonderful! I am a writer and it was scarry when my first children’s book was published this summer – I did bare my soul and I was scared at first but now I am ready to go naked again with my second book coming out this spring.

  4. Good read as always!

  5. I am a product of a civil war environment, and dreaming was your enemy, as we were in survival mode. If you tried to think outside the box, you were criticized and ripped to shreds. I always had a thing for art, especially music, and I wished I had the support I needed to act upon my dreams.

    Anyway, I enjoy your posts…keep them coming!!

    Yours truly,
    The Stalker

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