Dream on!

You should have a dream, no matter how small it is! And remember, dreams doesn’t have to exist only when you are sleeping’’ 

My grandfather told me so when I was only twelve! At the age of twelve, I was not mature enough to understand his wise words. So I thought maybe it was just a joke!

Days past, but it was never forgotten. Often I thought, how could it be possible that dreams exist in reality!

On My 18th birthday I received a book “Ignited Minds’’ written by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India and a great scientist. He wrote something, which was very interesting,

”A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep’’.

That day I relished the true meaning of what my grandfather told me. I understood, a dream is not an illusion or a hallucination. It’s what I want to achieve in my life. But I still haven’t got all the answers I need.

All on a sudden, a question arose in my mind, why do I need a dream? Why should I need to achieve something in my life?

Lives are never the same. Slowly everything changes, with time and age– our communities, villages, towns and cities are different. We move away from our support networks – for work, for training, for college, for university. If we have children we are usually no longer surrounded by them. Then vast numbers of us get divorced so we don’t have the companionship of a partner to go through life with. Either losing a job or constantly having to move for work makes us rootless.

Even though our need to connect is innate, some of us always go home alone. We could have people around us throughout the day or even be in a lifelong marriage, and still experience a deep, pervasive loneliness. And of course as we all start living longer, that means even if we do have a partner one of us will die and the other will spend much of their so-called twilight years alone – at an age when they are least able to fend for themselves.

This is something of the utmost importance of a dream and achievement. Dreaming is essential for a human being. Without dreams, people will lose interest in life and finally hate to live it. They will not even find interest in the most exciting things. Only with dreams, they can find a purpose to live their life; achieving dreams gives them a purpose, a reason to be happy.

But this dream does not exist during sleep. So if someone keeps thinking it can be achieved by doing nothing, then it’s never going to happen. I remember Abraham Lincoln’s words, he said,

”Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’’.

I see a lot of people who have dreams but they don’t try to achieve them. So when they became alone they became frustrated. This frustration follows them like a shadow. They never come out from this darkness. It is possible to live alone but not with loneliness. 

There is no time for dreaming. If someone think, I am too old to achieve my dream then he or she should know about Yuichiro Miura. A 80 years old Japanese man, who became the oldest man to climb Mount Everest in 2013, or Jordan Romero, who was 13 years old when he reached the summit of Mount Everest!

J. K. Rowling, known as a author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The book was  rejected by twelve publishing houses but she never stoped dreaming. Finally the books have gained world-wide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies! 

I was born in Bangladesh where most of women don’t have the opportunity to choose their own lifestyle. So it was never easy for me to have a dream. One of the biggest lessons I have learned in the last ten years is that I don’t need to climb mountains, but I need to be happy.  For the happiness it’s important to stay with my dreams and achieve those dreams by hard works. If I fail, it’s ok, there are many ways to achieve it, i just need some more time, that’s it!

/Camelia

DELA