Is it a good idea to dream ?
I think so. After all, life is full of possiblities. It is up to us to dream, dedicate our efforts and be disciplined to realize those dreams in our life time. One interesting facet of life is that anyone can dream. You need not be rich or poor, educated or uneducated, man or woman, living in a developed world or a developing world. The only condition has to be the ability to dream and dream big in life.
I also realize that the journey from dreams to reality are similar for all. The best thing I have experienced in life is the ability of a poor person to dream big and then zealously work towards fulfilling the dream. One of my colleagues was working with a group of young girls in an orphanage. She was helping these girls to plan for their career. She was inspired by the dreams narrated by these young kids in their school. One of them wanted to be a pilot while the other a police commissioner. What this teaches us is that dreams can be unlimited and unhindered. However, the journey to convert dreams to reality is arduous and tough.
I have seen young school children from the lowest strata of society dream big and accomplish their dreams through hard work and discipline in their life time. I have also seen rich kids ruin their life with no dreams or desires and burning their inherited wealth till they reach a point of no return. It is up to us to dream big and then work towards it.
This is equally true in our work life. Many of us start our career at a lower level in the organisation and with meagre salaries. We bury our dreams like the ostrich in the sand. The world moves on and we are left behind. On the other hand, you hear great inspiring stories of how employees joining as a workmen in a manufacturing organisation end up becoming the CEO of the same organisation by sheer dedication, discipline and dogged pursuit of their dreams.
If we reflect in our personal life, the story is not very different. We all start our career or business and have limited earnings. We dream big and want to be wealthy and wise. Some of us may work towards our dreams and make them a reality. While others may continue to dream without any focused efforts. Thus dreaming in life is the first step. It is like setting a vision and mission for an organisation. The next step is to work towards making that dream a reality. It could mean adding qualifications, skills and expertise. It could mean moving around the country or the world. It could mean taking risks in life. It could mean thinking of the impossible and working towards making it possible.
So, life is like a dream and it is up to us to make it a reality. The picture of marine drive above in Mumbai at night is like a dream come true.
What do you think ?
S Ramesh Shankar