Dream a Little Dream

I was sitting here thinking, what are my dreams for this week. To do well at the conference and to catch an agent’s interest. To meet another writer or five and click so we can have conversations about writing. Of course, this line of thought made me think back to my dreams as a 25-year-old. As a 20-year-old. All the way back to a seven-year-old. I can remember having all these dreams about the future.

Now sitting here, I can tell you most of them didn’t come true. I don’t live in a Newport Mansion with servants (age 8 dream) nor do I live in China (age 20 dream). Does that mean I gave up on my dreams? Or they gave up on me? I don’t think so. I think I changed and my dreams changed accordingly. I grew up and some dreams were outgrown.

But other dreams I saw through and made a reality. Which leaves me wondering why these and not those? Were they harder to achieve? Were they just plain unrealistic (at five I dreamed of being green)? Not sure. But I do know the dreams I realized defined me for a long time. And the dreams that fell by the wayside dropped off my radar pretty fast. So I have to think there was a reason for it. Or I’m really good at letting go of what I can’t have.

How have your dreams changed over the years? Which mean more to you–the ones achieved or the ones left behind?

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7 Responses to Dream a Little Dream

  1. Emma says:

    Well, I’m not a gourmet chef nor a famous biologist traveling through the Central American rainforest nor a rich businesswoman. I think you said it best with “I think I changed and my dreams changed accordingly.” That hit the nail on the head. I think dreams are the fuels of our inner engine but sometimes the type of fuel changes, be it because another type is cheaper or more eco-friendly or simply because the company who produced your previous type went bankrupt; sometimes the type of fuel simply changes 🙂

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  3. Samir says:

    The ones left behind will always be dreams, the ones achieved will become a part of us and unless we think about them critically, we’ll forget they were dreams. But none of that changes the most important point: we should all have dreams, always!

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    I think it’s easier to give up on dreams as we get older, which isn’t a good thing. Everyone needs something to dream about, something to look forward to. Even if dreams change over our lifetime, there should always be a supply waiting. 🙂

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