Dreams and Reality: Waking up from one and plunging into another illusion?

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Dreams. They represent the delicate mixture of what we desire for ourselves, immensely or mildly and what we want the reality to be. Dreams are one of the very few undisputed examples of what we call ‘free will’. But are they? Realistically speaking, dreams are rarely pure reflections of a person’s aspirations and goals. But more often than not, dreams reflect the effect of what we can call circumstantial living. This basically means that, when we live, we either live life on the ideology that it will be stereotyped and dreams will take a mundane shape into reality, or we live life as our coherent circumstances allow us to.

 Dreams should have no limits. They should be magnanimous and opulent and unrealistic, because that is the very point. Dreams should be reflective of utter self- belief, ingenuity and the spirit of adventure and endless possibilities. It is because, dreams allow us to tread into boundaries where reality wouldn’t permit us to. And it is because, we don’t need to rationalize our dreams to society; because dreams need no safety net; they are untainted and unblemished on their own in the most beautiful way imaginable.

 But, I wish we had dreamers like that now. Because, the reality of dreams or what it has majorly come to under the current status quo is heart-wrenching. Because the youth, who are our pivotal actors in creating a norm where we go beyond possibilities and expectations, dream out of fear and uncertainty, because that is essentially what we are teaching them through systematic pessimism every day. They are so afraid of failing, that they never experiment to begin with, they never dream differently to begin with, in which case, they fail at life by default and learn nothing in the process. And we should ask ourselves why? Perhaps, the more pertinent question is, do we even know where we want to be or do we let social perceptions and familial demands influence us into this way of thinking? The answer is mostly the latter. This means that while some are afraid, some are dreamers within that pigeon hole of what society demands of them and that is regrettable. Our dreams mostly, whether consciously or not, are the delusions of absolute grandeur or are too simplistic to begin with, and this creates an inherent gap between where we are, where we think we are and where we want to be. And that is the reality of our dreams, in the most brutal and lamentable of manifestations.

We should always remember that dreams, if they luckily come true, we will feel elated and if not, due to their very nature, they will take us closer to what we wanted in the first place if we work hard or teach us a lesson if we don’t. Either way, we should not be afraid to dream big. We need psychological freedom from the social burden and stereotypes if we are to relish and cherish our dreams. Always remember, ‘I will tell you what freedom is to me. No. Fear.’ – Nina Simone.

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