When I first read that “dreams are what you wake up from”, I didn’t understand what it meant and felt it was too sober, too pessimistic;
Nobody likes to be too sober perhaps, to stare life in the face.
Then many years later I came across a Japanese poem, in it was a line that was repeated three times:
“For dreams — they will be broken.” x3
I tried to reject it x3, too defeatist, nobody likes to talk about broken dreams, you just don’t put the two words together, I don’t care.
Now, I have to admit and realise that sometimes, yes “dreams are what you wake up from” and sometimes, yes they can be broken.
That’s just a fact of life, be able to face it, nothing sad actually, ok a bit sad.
Well, sometimes they can’t be realised or fall short, simple as that, but that doesn’t mean you’re pessimistic, or lack imagination.
The truth is
they give us something to look forward to, to work for; they brim with potential and give us a sense of great unfulfilled and unrealised potential;
make us feel we’re bigger and better and more important than we just are at a point; that we’re meant for greater things;
that take us away into our own world, a virtual world, do away with the harshness and judgement of this world;
a peaceful, quiet place where you find solace and comfort, less consciousness, friendlier lighting, gravity defying even,
greater elasticity and expansivity of thought, creativity, and imagination, life, more than life itself,
to be put into action, hope, faith, daring, effort, toil, reward.
there to be dreamt of, fought for, still pursuing; on the brink, already fulfilled and realised; there to be broken; there
Like sleep, like emotions, like change of tide, like day and night,
We go in and out of them;
I still believe in you.
“I have a dream.”
It’s still the same dream.