Within The Perimeters - Dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
When I want you in my arms
When I want you and all your charms
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Have you heard of this lyric from the song “All I have to do is dream” from The Everly Brothers? Well, if you were born in the Generation Y, you probably have not heard it as this song was released in 1958 of which I was also not born yet but as I grew up in the 60’s the cacophony of the rhyme and rhythm ricocheted through the walls of my room back then.
Do you have a dream? As they say, you can dream whatever you want as you don’t have to pay for it; after all, it’s free. If you really want to dream, then, dream big as you’re the only one responsible for you dream not anyone else and you definitely can’t blame anyone if you could not reach it.
“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs”. Tony Gaskins
Is this you, building your dream or are you working to build one for someone else, or did you hire him to build part of your dream for you?
What does that mean?
This quote is about your future, and what your plans for it might be. If you have no specific plan, or aren’t working on your dreams, what will you be doing?
According to this quote, you’ll probably be working on the dream of someone else. While that’s not improper, illegal, or fattening, you could be working on your dream instead. Or better yet, if at all possible, work on both at the same time.
But why wouldn’t you be working, at least part time, on your dreams? Do you not have anything that motivates you enough to overcome your tendency to procrastinate? Are you uncertain how to get there, and stuck in analysis paralysis? That’s not good, is it?
Why is having a dream important?
Dreams are what give us the drive to get things done. A dream is what gets us up off the couch and doing things we might not otherwise want to do. For some people, work is what they do to earn the money to use in the chasing of their dreams.
Or, perhaps, they’re using it to hire others to build their dream for them. We don’t always have the talent to realise our dreams. Sometimes you have to hire those who have the skills. Most of us don’t learn to fly just to go on vacation, we pay someone else to do that for us, and go along for the ride.
The pilot has a job, but most of them are there because they love to fly. They get paid to do their job, but their job is also part of their dream. In this way, they get to build their dream, while being paid to do what they love. Wouldn’t that be great?
Where can I apply this in my life?
Well, if you’re a pilot, you’re probably already living the dream. The rest of us will have to work a little harder to make it work. What is your ultimate
dream? I’d prefer an active dream, not just sitting on a beach somewhere. That gets old after a few years. What then?
The first step in this process would be to recognise how many dreams we actually have. Think of all the things you really love to do, or would love to learn to do. Consider all the different parts of your life where you have dreams or aspirations.
What is your dream job? What kind of people are your dream friends? What social groups would you join, if you had the choice? Take a few moments and think about what you are interested in doing, where you want to go, and the people with whom you’d like to do these things. Grab some paper and write down all of these things. Try to get something from all the different parts of your life, including hobbies and other distractions, as well as skill sets, places, and improvements you’d like to make to your life. Make as big a list as you want.
Now for a little reality check. What would you have to do to get from where you are to where you want to be? The distance isn’t as important as your
motivation. If you’re willing to do what it takes to get from here to there, you can keep it on the list.
If you don’t believe you can do it, or won’t do the work necessary to make the dream come true, put a single line through it. Who knows, you may change your mind later on and come back to wanting it. You never know what will happen, what doors might open, or how your tastes might change.
Take a look at what is left on your list, and see if there are any patterns. Do you have some hobbies that are also part of your work, or could become
your work? I happen to love playing with computers, but if that didn’t work out, working on cars would be another great way to earn a living.
What do you do, or could you do, that might help you build your dreams? Can you hire anyone else to help make things happen? Hire a travel agent to make arrangements? Hire an airline to fly you there? Hire a baggage company to make your luggage?
Do I need to have a dream?
As the student of the college, you have a bigger shoe to fit in as you know that armed with a scroll of Diploma or Degree doesn’t take you anywhere without vision and mission as well as a purpose in life. The setting must be right and you can always refer to you lecturers or peers to corroborate your dream. Having a dream and believing in it will take you to a greater heights as well as knowing what you really want in life.
Action must be taken without hesitation and ‘action speaks louder than words’. Planning your dream and organising to your better advantage will directly or indirectly take you to where you want to go. In the story of Alice in Wonderland, Alice was in a dilemma and asked the Cat,
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where--” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
So, you need to really have a destination and as you go along, enjoy the journey as the breath takes it away with all intents and purposes. Build a dream and dream big, afterall, it’s free!
None of these things need to be custom or made to order, it can be regular commercial flight or off-the-shelf bags. My point is you don’t have to do it, you had someone else help you build your dream. That is part of the beauty of the quote, to me. You work on your dream, and enlist others to help as well.
Anything you are willing to work for can happen. But your dream needs to be bigger than the obstacles. How hard are you willing to work for your dreams? Or will you settle to working on the dreams of others?
Aminalrashid Mohd Hussain is a bibliophile, logophile as well as epeolatry. He loves to connect with people and believes in the saying “A smile costs nothing but gives much”. - “ If you have no specific plan, or aren’t working on your dreams, what will you be doing? ”
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own.
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