What are dreams? Are they a shadow of reality, or maybe a projection of unattainable hopes? Are they controlled and predictable or inexplicably wild? Do they drive us to succeed, or distract us from reality and bind our motivation? What value does a dream possess?
The human race is obsessed with dreaming. It is what fills us with hope to persevere through what we view as harsh realities. If we no longer dreamt of more depth in our lives, most of us would lose faith in our futures. Dreaming is a projection of self-importance, after all dreams revolve around the dreamer. Perhaps dreams provide us with mental strength and worth, but at what point do dreams make us lose sight of what is truly important? (Continue reading below for more + my review of Kameleonz + a discount code!)
Mankind is constantly waiting for the next stage in progression, for something better, for a life with more meaning and value, we are waiting on dreams. Most people achieve at least a handful of dreams in their lifetime, but are the achievements as satisfying as living in the dreams? Our mental projections are almost always more controlled, perfected versions of what we want. By the time our dream has become a real accomplishment, is the reality of it now only a shadow of what we imagined? How can reality compare to what we have personally created as our version of perfect?
And as for the dreams we never achieve, are they looping labyrinths we escape to when we no longer want to face the bitterness of life? Do they lock us up in impossible ideas of a perfect life that might even keep us from experiencing a wonderful reality? All of us have dreams; they are a necessary part of life. They are part of what set humans apart. They give us ideas not just survive, but to achieve, to have value, to create. However, there will be a point when we will be more in love with the idea of a dream than the reality of it. We will become consumed, not just by the idea, but by the ideal. Our dream self will continue to have motivation to progress, but our actual selves will become stagnant. The more our actual progression slows, the more our dream self will become obsessed with living in an alternate reality. Dreams can foster false ideas of what your life was, is and will be, whether or not the ideas are plausible, or even good. They may even rob us of precious time to make real progress. They can change from a freedom to a prison.
Life, real life, can be a dream. Joy in reality has eternal worth. Persevering through failures give us true strength and knowledge that our dream selves can only mimic. The people we care about, even with all of their imperfections, provide more perfect love in reality than even our best imagined mental projections could ever create…because they are real. Dreams can be wonderful and are necessary to drive us, but living in dreams can be our destruction. Living our lives waiting for the end without actually living life will stall our progression and keep us from truly valuable experiences. Life, with all of its beautiful difficulties, is a gift. It is time that should not be wasted waiting…waiting on a dream.
Bonus: My review on Kameleonz sunglasses and a discount code for the holidays!
When I first saw these sunglasses I initially loved the idea of interchangeable arm colors, however, I was a little unsure of how good the mismatching arms would look in person. After getting my Kameleonz in the mail and trying all of the different colors, I loved the way they looked! The lens on the sunglasses I chose (Bali), have a turquoise tint, but from different angles more colors seem to appear. This made the interchangeable arms go perfectly even though the frame was black. In addition to the aesthetic look of the glasses, I found the lenses to be functional and provide great depth. I am excited to see how the glasses hold up and if they continue to provide good depth perception when I am on the mountain! So far I have loved these glasses, the only thing that makes me slightly nervous is changing out the arms. The release to switch out the arm is a little difficult to slide in and I was worried it might break if I put too much pressure. So far I have successfully switched out the arms though and would definitely recommend these glasses!