Many of us have dreams, for some, it’s childish fantasies that died off as soon as maturity was reached, for some of us, it’s that pie in the sky that keeps us motivated to give our bests today, and for yet some, it’s the freedom of expression we get when we have laboured hard in lifes farm and are at the end crowned with the victors hat. At least, we all had dreams.
It’s also interesting to note, that our proverbs and idioms allude to the significance and power of dreams. It has been said, that he that does not look ahead, will always remain behind. It is also said that thoughts and dreams are the foundations of our being -Nigerian Proverbs. In the midst of these strong words however, many of us have decided to leave our dreams where they came from – for some of us, on our beds. The quest for survival has been so demanding that to dream has been viewed as to engage in a pastime of babies. When a young child says he wants to become a pilot today, we muse, we’ve had those dreams before. Dreams! It has almost taken a new definition, “Childish fantasies which usually may never come to pass”. In obliterating our God given abilities to dream, we have submitted ourselves to observers rather than proactive contributors to our existence. We need to change our paradigms, give breath to our childlike whims and dare to dream.
Haven laid that foundation, I have a question for you. What future do you desire for yourself? Take time out to answer this question, because you’ll find what I’m about to say next instructional.
Have you ever wondered about the paradigm of thought that says, rob today to pay tommorow? Dim your present to brighten your future? e.t.c. This school of thought assumes that we can pay the price for tomorrow by reducing what we consume today. It’s the school behind noble things like sacrifice, paying a price, lucubrating (burning the midnight oil), sleeping late, and waking up early. It’s a very great school of thought. I believe in it. Strange enough however, this school of thought has also birthed some errors. The thoughts that emanate as errors come in the form of, you can’t always live your future today, you must be willing to endure the present to create your desired future, suffer now, enjoy later, NO WAY SIR!! Read it again to be absolutely clear, many of us have lived our lives with this belief. It is alright if I do not enjoy what I am doing today, tomorrow will be better. I dare to challenge you and say, you can think well about what you will do with your life if you had all the money in the world, and start doing it today!!
We are who we think we are, our lives will move in the direction of our most predominant thought. Out of the thoughts of our hearts, flow the issues that gives direction and guidance to life. The future is controlled from the present! This may sound all theoretical, but give it closer thought. The seed is a smaller version of the fruit, the baby is a smaller, yet complete version of the old. Whatever is not in your life today will not be there in 20yrs time! If you are unhappy today, take a 180 degrees turn, because the future will not be made of ingredients that are unreal today. If you are not making money today, you will not become rich tomorrow. It will begin to sound like a common theme, but no, if you wait till you have all the resources you desire to live the life of your dreams, the perfect moment will never come. It is by advancing in the line of your dreams that the resources to give you greater experession will come!
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. –John Updike
Dreams are our connectors to the future. We dream because the sovereign powers of the universe desire to give us an appetite for the futures they are willing to create. Henry Thoreau, a renown Harvard graduate with great reputations as an author and a philosopher wrote, I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Dreams come true! Not everybody has your dreams, not even everybody can dream your dreams. Owner of the biggest entertainment empire in the world today, Walt Disney, also a world-renowned dreamer is quoted as saying, “If you can DREAM it, you can DO it. The reason why you have that dream, is because somewhere within you, lies dormant the potentials to make it reality. Don’t bury your dreams, live your dreams. It’s never too late until you are late. Success in living your dreams does not have an age bracket. Pick your life up today, and begin to consciously live in the direction of your dreams. Dreams come true!
All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them. –Walt Disney
Excerpts from Career Guide -By Adeolu Akinyemi