Dreams: What We Lose in Adulthood

Dream Lofty Dreams

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality.” – James Allen

Do you remember being a kid? Sometimes I wish I could go back to those days. Back when the world was limitless, and our imaginations were bigger than our problems. As a kid, I believe we can easily transport ourselves mentally with visions of a better world. I did it all the time. I remember playing with toy dinosaurs in my living room, but my mind wasn’t in that living room. I was millions of years in the past, surrounded by dinosaurs, caught in an epic battle between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Velociraptor. While riding my bike through the neighborhood with my brother, we were in Europe winning the Tour de France. When I played basketball in my driveway, I was hitting the game winning shot in Madison Square Garden.

My imagination constantly soared, and so did my dreams for the future. As we grow into adulthood, I think very few people hold onto that big imagination. Looking back, as kids, we didn’t have a worry in the world. Life was easy, and so was dreaming lofty dreams. As adults, life becomes a little more complicated, and that freedom to dream seems hard to come by. I must urge you though, hold on to your dreams with everything you have. Cherish your highest visions, your highest ideals. It is from those which we create our futures.

The visible world always started as the invisible. Dreamers created everything you see in the world around you. George Washington was a dreamer. Thomas Edison was a dreamer. Steve Jobs was a dreamer. Because of dreamers, we can enjoy things in this world that never would have been possible otherwise.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

Dreams must be acted upon, and they must be shared with others. If you’re keeping a dream to yourself, and you’re not trying to make it happen, you’re doing a disservice to the world. Shared dreams are the most beautiful thing on earth. There’s nothing more powerful than a group of people bonded together by a common dream. The reality of tomorrow can be found in the dreams of today. Without dreams there is no progress. It’s time we start dreaming more, and dreaming bigger. Find that vast imagination you had as a kid, and never stop dreaming.

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