Dreams are real

“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”Neil Gaiman

There are two types of people in the world: the realists and the idealists. Some realists even go as far as to call themselves cynics. I’d just say they’re idealists who once upon a time got their hearts broken.

What I’m really trying to say is this: we’re all dreamers. We all spend an awful lot of time in a strange land, one that does not exist. A promised land, one we promised ourselves when the world outside our windows seemed evil, threatening, ugly. Whenever we got our hearts broken, whenever someone forgot to keep their promise, whenever we got lied to, betrayed, or forgotten. We created that promised land with our imaginations and our hope and our love.

The land that belongs to a future where all our dreams will come true.

There’s only one problem with that. Most of us don’t act upon those dreams. They just pretend that it’s all a nice fairy tale, which of course makes them bitter and remorseful nonetheless, but they chose to believe that those dreams can never come true.

Yes, they don’t.

Because dreams rarely come true. People have to make them come true. Have to create the promised land, in reality, the same way they did inside their heads.

But that’s just easy to say and almost impossible to achieve.

Why?

Because inside your head things are always going to be beautiful, much more than they could ever be in the real world. Also, inside your head… no one can hurt you there. No one can reach inside and destroy the wonderful world you have created. The promise of a better future that keeps you going, that makes you get out of bed even when you don’t want to, that still puts a smile on your face when all you want to do is scream or cry or even die.

I find that to be sad.

Dreams are real. If they exist inside your mind… they’re not just the product of your imagination. If you imagined them, you can make them come true.

What we take for granted, day after day, didn’t use to exist a thousand years ago. Hell, most of the stuff we use on a day to day basis didn’t use to exist a hundred years ago.

The world changes because people’s dreams come true. Because will power is the only thing that stands between what’s real and what’s not. Between what’s possible and what’s not.

That’s all.

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9 comments on “Dreams are real

  1. Donna Leslie says:

    Inspiring. I’ll add that dreams through spoken words can give life and come into existence. I believe that is creation.

  2. M.G. Daniel says:

    This is a great post. Uplifting and affirming and encouraging. Thanks for it.

  3. I had a dream of becoming a pharmacist. I went to university straight out of high school, and did not fare well…Then I became a pharmacy assistant. Was doing great, on the right track, had another child and decided to become a stay at home mom…dream once again out the window. A few years ago, I was getting antsy, needed a change so i decided to become a mature student to fulfill my dream once again…two years in my mother in law became very ill, both my sisters passed away then my mother in law passed away.
    Sometimes the universe does not want you to fulfill your dream as we as people have to be governed by fate it seems.

    • Eric Said Nothing says:

      I have a similar story, which leads to to question the idea of free will. Aren’t we simply leaves floating on the river of life being pushed this way and that. Maybe to some degree there’s free will, like I decide to have a cup of tea, but mostly free will is an idea that pumps up the other idea of ‘I’??

  4. Paulo says:

    I enjoyed this post very much, thank you.

  5. As always, I agree with every statement you wrote. It’s important to dream but it’s essential to work for it, not give up and transform it into reality.

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