When I was a young girl, I really wanted to be a vet. This dream lasted until I realised that being a vet didn’t just mean cuddling cats and dogs. I then switched tacks and decided that I was going to be the youngest published author in the world. The fact that a lot of my fantasy stories were heavily plagiarised from Eragon and Lord of the Rings didn’t become apparent to me until much later in life. However, the point is that I always had big dreams, and never pictured myself following a conventional life.
My dreams now revolve around travel and writing. I would love to live in different places all over the world, and write freelance to sustain myself. I would still love to have a book published one day, although my love for the fantasy genre has diminished. If I were to work a regular 9 to 5 job, I envision myself as a counsellor for survivors of rape and sexual assault. When I’m older, I would love to own and run a dog sanctuary with my partner. All of these dreams are unconventional, and will never make me much money. Due to this, I get embarrassed to talk about my dreams to people who won’t understand.
People try to diminish those who have different dreams.
It seems that people don’t like change, or people with radical dreams, because it challenges their cosy world view, or makes them feel jealous. It’s the same as people who get passive-aggressive towards me about how much I travel, because they haven’t made it a priority in their life. The kind of people who will say how lucky I am, before considering that I save 50% of every pay check and am always thinking of my next trip.
One of my least favourite things is people who ask me not to leave. I take months at a time off work so that I can travel. Most recently, I took 3 months off work to travel to South America. Before I left, I had some people at work asking me not to leave. This also happens when I mention that I eventually want to move interstate and then overseas. People become so wrapped up in their own priorities that they can’t see that these are my dreams, and they are incredibly important to me.
A couple of guys from my work have dreams to move to New York and live there. Coming from Australia, this seems like an almost impossible dream, especially considering the immigration laws of the US and how expensive it is to live in New York. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. I have overheard people telling these guys that their dreams are unrealistic, and it really distresses me.
One of my pet peeves is people who try to minimise the dreams of others, or don’t take them seriously. I think that in society there is a box that people will try to fit you into, and they don’t like people who push outside of that. If you don’t have a degree, stable job, and hopes for a family and comfortable future (which isn’t for everybody), then ultimately people will find fault in what you do.
The world needs people with big dreams.
We need artists, writers, travellers, big-thinkers, and people who look outside of the box. Ultimately, we need people with big dreams.
I know a few people who think that you are of lower intelligence if you don’t study and practise in either law, medicine, or engineering. However, the world couldn’t function if everyone dedicated themselves to those causes. Without people in different professions, the world as it is cannot exist. Without artists and dreamers, the world is a stagnant and boring place. Without people who experience different realities and formulate new ideas, we can never move forward as a society.
If you are a dreamer, an artist, or a creator, keep doing you and don’t ever let anyone minimise your dreams.