The dream and the dreamer
So, you got your first rejection. Here is a prayer for your dream and the dreamer in you.
The sky is for everyone. So is the sun, the moon, the stars and the dream.
Almost all of us across the face of the earth have the same dream : a big house, a big car, a cushy job, a good family, a healthy life and lots of happiness. May it be so.
But then you are artists : a writer, a painter, a photographer, an actor…..you have a bigger dream. You got to have, for God gave you a bigger canvas in the hope that you will fill it with colors! Let us not refuse the faith God has in us.
Having a dream is easy but giving it life is difficult. I am sure the one who gave us the dream will give us the courage too.
Remember the first crush? You just cannot live without him/ her….your breath, walking, talking, sleeping, eating…even the lights in your room…. your entire happiness, your entire life depends on it. That’s how we got to feel for our work.
Whatever we do, let us do it completely, beautifully, perfectly….perfection is almost an illusion but then if we can be philosophical for a minute : what is not? When we can strive the traffic, the long lines at the ticket window, the meager pocket money, finding our seats in the darkness of the movie hall just to see a few characters beat the pulp out of each other then we can definitely strive towards fulfilling our own dream.
Any work, from cooking to cleaning to writing or singing has to be done wholeheartedly to get it to perfection. So let us do it wholeheartedly .Don’t give up half way. Let nothing stop us. Let everything from the winds to the sea to the sky to the cliffs push us forward, towards fulfillment.
Let the roads be full of potholes, let there be traffic jams, let there be angry drivers, a million honking, the tyrant boss waiting but we have to get to the day job….so let our passion be dealt alike. Let us not stop come what may.
There will be many on the way who will tell us that there is a great difference between dreams and reality. But then these are the ones who had a dream, they fell and did not have the courage to dust themselves and get up after the fall. So let’s be patient, let us listen to their opinions and learn from their failures. But let them not dictate us.
We will definitely learn from history and pick up lessons from the heroes and martyrs for there is not enough time in this life to make the same mistakes or win the same hill again and again. If we want to drive a car we definitely don’t reinvent the wheel! We just buy a car, the best if possible and go on from there.
There are tried and tested ways. We will learn them well . And then we will find our own Everest to conquer.
We will have our families and friends telling us, we won’t make enough money. So what ? at least we will get to do what we love. And then only God knows what’s in store for the future. Who knows if we are going to be the next bestseller? Who knows if our writing will influence an entire generation? Who know if we will get to buy fort Knox?
Who knows but our future! So let our future decide.
We will have those ahead of us tell us the perils, the heart break and the lonely nights where we will get to share our desperation with nothing but our own marrow. So be it….maybe there is a world waiting for us to be born and grow into something not just popular but great! And greatness always demands a price. Let’s have the courage, conviction and persistence to pay the price.
We will get rejection slips. But we will not dwell in it too long. They don’t believe in our dream but that doesn’t mean we don’t either. It’s our dream after all Just because they reject our dream doesn’t mean we reject it ourselves! . It’s our life and nobody gets to live it for us.
Strive. Let the gurus tell us where to tread softly and where to stomp our feet loud and clear. But let the thorns on the path not scare us, for there are roses ahead. We can smell them already, don’t we?
We are meant to grow like the trees, slow and steady. Like our very bones.
A Dream is like an infant. Just because the infant didn’t grow up instantly our mothers didn’t dump us and chose something for instant gratification! Our dream cannot not be a new year’s resolution. New year resolutions are for weight loss or to quit smoking and not our dreams.
Let’s hold on to our dream. Beware, a dream never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and betrayals, it dies of errors and too much of reason, it dies of neglect, regret and a burdened past. It dies of weariness, withering, tarnishing and a fear of future.
True passion must undergo and withstand all adversity before it is entitled to its worthy reward. So let us have the passion and the reasons to make it.
Our day will come.
A dream needs first and foremost patience.
It requires continuous attention and love.
Adoration and dedication.
It requires freedom from negativity .
It requires learning things that we don’t even know existed. It requires curiosity.
At times we have to unlearn what we have learned.
Let’s not just be a witness to the re-lived tales.
And refuse to surrender : to sloth, to frustration, to distress, to anger, rejection.…let’s have freedom even within our four walls.
Let’s not lose hope. Let’s us not give up our prayers. If not God then the devil is listening. We will get paid for our persistence. I have to believe it or else I would be dead.Let us not ponder too much on the times we have fallen down. There is truth beyond the fall. Has to be or else all of us would have been crawling on our fours!
It’s a war, and we can’t deny if we want our peace.
There is a sky that hopes we will fly someday.
There is an earth that is ready to push us off its edge.
We have the wings we just don’t know it yet!
Well, this is a prayer I send to myself and my God every single night so that under no circumstance I betray my own dream when dawn comes.