A dream. We’ve all had one or two. Some people remember having dreams but they’ve moved on and settled into lifestyles that are, um, comfortable. That’s a more palatable way of saying their lives are acceptable, average, or perhaps boring. It all took a turn when they gave up on their dreams.
Dreams are fueled by the wide-eyed optimism that often is tempered by conformity and the race for mediocrity. We’ve put our dreams on the same shelves as our little league trophies and dance recital programs. They are things of the past. Dreams have unfairly been relegated to childhood because adults don’t have time to dream.
Dreams give us a glimpse at what could happen if we recaptured the optimism that was so prevalent when we were children. Dreams connect today to tomorrow. When we have a dream, we will make short-term sacrifices for long-term gain. We will establish goals, develop a plan, and start living a life that matters today and ten years from now.
Or we can settle into the masses of mediocrity where people work for 40 years waiting to stop doing something they’ve never really liked. Then, upon retirement, they don’t know what to do because they don’t have a dream.
Dream. It’s not too late.