For as long as I can remember I have always been dreaming, and it’s only recently that I am wondering where that came from. We all have dreams of what we want our futures to look like, yes, but I have had fantastic fantasies of grandeur even before I knew exactly what it was….Maybe I was just an odd child.
Especially for someone who never grew up in “great” circumstances, where dreaming is considered a luxury I find it odd that I have felt like something big is just around the corner…Like the magic, sparkle, and whimsy that has whirled in my subconscious since I was five years old, staring up at the stars with my teddy bear named Teddy, of course, is right there within reach.
Are dreamers born or are they made?
I certainly did not come from a family of dreamers. My parents were raised to work and to pay the bills. My sister, who went through the same not-so-great childhood and given the same slight opportunities just wants to be able to make enough to live in a nice place and afford a nice car. However, dreaming has been my specialty and I think it’s my talent. I have dreamed more dreams than I can keep up with. From visions of being a top TV talk show host to finding my best friend and being the best man at his wedding.
For me, dreaming has been my escape. Escape from the hurt, escape from the frustration, escape from the mundane. By closing my eyes, I am transported to a life of wonder and mystery, bounded to the boundary less limits of my imagination. Everything shimmers in the light of a dream. Your worst enemy becomes a misunderstood comrade; the old crabby lady down the block becomes the charming woman with words of wisdom.
My creativity comes from my dreams. I think it’s the reason why I did so well in creative writing and why I have so many aspirations in creative fields.
I honestly don’t think dreamers can be made, but I don’t think we are born this way either. When you get to the bottom of it, a dreamer is simply a hopeful/optimistic person. A person who believes without a shadow of a doubt that things will get better, be it your career or your health. We believe that in the blackest of night, a rainbow can appear. It’s a blessing and a devastating curse because as we all know…nothing ever works out the way we want it to.
But despite our better judgments and despite all attempts to the contrary we continue to dream. Because even though it aches when our dreams don’t come true and it burns when every dream seems out of reach, it’s the only way life makes sense.
If you think about all the successful people out there….Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, J.K. Rowling, Michael Jackson…what do they have in common? They are all dreamers! They may have come from the worst backgrounds or made some missteps along the way, but they never faltered for the dreams they had from their lives. They each had a vision of what they wanted they wanted their lives to be and they took the necessary measures to make it happen. Without those dreams they would not be the people that we know, love and aspire to be.
Dreamers may not be born or made, but true dreamers are like diamonds. Priceless, one of a kind, and may look precious but are tough enough to withstand the test of any and all times.