Ask Someone If They Are A Dreamer

Ask someone if they are a dreamer, and in all likelihood they will say yes.

Barring minor discrepancies such as age or mental state most would like to think of themselves as having just the tiniest bit of magic left within them; a little part that still believes in possibilities and the unexplainable. We have no ownership over this designation, and it is the most loaded of the empty questions because it demands neither proof or explanation. Are you a dreamer? Yes?

Does that mean that you have dreams?

Or that you are lost or found with your head perpetually in the clouds.

Or does it mean you are different. That the world has opened itself up to you, stretched out it’s hand and said here, really look at me.

Has it given you something the rest of us are not privy to?

Blinded by consumption and worry and our own lives in the hopes of being extraordinary we hold off, we make sure that there are certain memories fuelled by a dream; glossed over and made into things they are not.

People in fact will concoct entire portions of their lives, repeating them over and over again until they become fact in memory, bringing as much joy upon recollection as a real memory would.

Are the dreamers then the best liars?

The jilted lover who grows to hate what she once loved, twisting it so that her heartbreak becomes her choice rather than a decision made by somebody else.

I meant to do that.

The aspiring artist who calls himself so even though nobody else has.

I’ll see you when I’m famous.

We dream but only let them out once they are long gone, we wish but we do not utter, because our greatest fear is to be made a fool. I had a dream, not I have, because those are still a secret.

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23 thoughts on “Ask Someone If They Are A Dreamer

  1. Quite a good, thought-provoking post. As you wrote, if you ask someone if they’re a dreamer they’ll in all likelihood say yes. Everyone daydreams, and many people probably have goals that seem to be far-flung or insensible. This is enough to make someone a dreamer.

    But there are a select few who bring logic into their dreams: forming careful plans and actually acting on them. Thanks to a combination of internal and external factors (including unfair power distributions), many of these people will not fulfill their dreams 100%. But any progress they make is worthwhile, if only because they show the rest of us that dreams don’t have to remain dishonest fantasies. They can become real, although we have to accept the fact that we will not be able to realize every aspect of our dreams.

    As T.E. Lawrence, one of the world’s most influential dreamers, put it:

    “Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.”

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    1. I love that quote, going to add it to my collection. You make an interesting point, although sometimes I wonder if the dreamer is his own worst enemy, doomed to see exactly what s/he can’t have over and over again.

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      1. I like that quote too :) You should check out Lawrence’s book, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. It’s full of even more powerful quotes, and will give you a better sense of why the world is the way it is.

        In many cases the dreamer is definitely her or his worst enemy: placing more emphasis on what they haven’t accomplished over what they have. But I don’t think any of us are doomed to this fate. We can consciously choose to focus on how far we have come, or even just congratulate ourselves for giving it our best effort. This is not to say that everything will be sunshine and butterflies, or that it even should. But with effort and compromise it is possible for dreamers to be content…although bouts of negativity are normal and not at all a sign of failure.

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  2. I am a dreamer (and I am not the only one :)) sorry I couldn’t resist that.

    But I am a dreamer, head in the clouds kind of dreamer. A wishful thinker that would probably become addicted to holodecks (from star trek) should they ever came to being as well the dreams are so much better than real life.

    Dreams have no bills, or long commutes to work, dreams have a fault in that they are too perfect but you can always slip a little imperfection into your dream, yes I am a dreamer, and I would very much like those dreams to be a reality.

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