“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”- T.E. Lawrence
The world is filled of dreamers. Or at least, it used to. When we were kids, we were filled with dreams and had very clear visions of what we wanted to achieve growing up but, somewhere along the way, we stopped dreaming. Instead, we drifted into fantasy land. While dreams and fantasies are very similar, there are a few important distinctions:
- Dreams are made up of desired goals or a sense of purpose. Fantasies, h0wever, are only improbable mentally constructed images about the life one wishes he could live.
- Dreams require action and commitment. They demand your time and sweat whereas fantasies require only your imagination.
- Dreams have deadlines as they need to have a very specific desired outcome. Fantasies can be forever changing and will last indefinitely.
- Dreams produce results. Fantasies don’t. When you act on your dreams, it changes your life for the better. If you don’t, your dreams turn into fantasy and you remain stagnant.
- Dreams stretch you whereas fantasies stretch your imagination. Dreams have the power to make you grow and evolve whereas fantasies will only grow your imagination.
There are multiple reasons why one stops dreaming. For example: social pressure, lack of motivation/inspiration, self-doubt and fear of failure; All those will be discussed in future posts on my blog, but the reality is this: We only have one life and if you don’t start pursuing your dreams, who will?
So stop fantasizing and start dreaming again.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.