I never really thought about it, but a person actually dreams in more ways than one.
The most familiar form of dreaming is when we are in a state of rest – what the experts call REM sleep. Think about it. Where do you go, what do you do, what do you experience when you are in dreamland? There are so many connotations assigned to the perception of what and why we dream. We might want to escape into a reality where we made better choices. Or where our “bad” choices had better outcomes. While in dream state we might actually be communicating in a higher, freer plain of existence. Some of us may think of a dream as a message, a forewarning of what is to come. A prediction of sorts.
The other form of dreaming is born from somewhere else. The hankering to be more. To make a difference. It is the kind of dream I would refer to as a “life-dream”. But how would one define a “life-dream”? Or wait, a better question might be: Should a “life-dream” be limited by a definition?.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”. It is probably safe to assume that this question falls under the “life-dream” category. It is also the question most often asked of young minds. As children we see a hero at least once. It might be a doctor or a nurse who helped heal a loved one. It might be a policeman who helped your family out of a jam. A veterinarian who saved your dear pet. A fireman who rushed into a burning building to safe a total stranger or someone you know. A teacher. The list goes on.
There should be more questions under the “life-dream” category I think. How often do we think to ask them? Maybe we don’t ask them because we assume that a young mind is just that – too young to understand the question. That might well be true. So we focus on the one question that everyone asks and everyone answers. Isn’t there danger that choices will be ruled by the answer to that lone question?
In my opinion questions train us to search for answers. Our brains work harder to find solutions, the truth… our truth. It even helps with emotional growth.
So, what questions would you file under the “life-dream” category? Here are some I would add.
* Who do you want to be as a person?
* Where would you like to live when you are a grown-up?
* Do you want to focus on only one career?
Who can say when a life-dream will be born? Or what a person’s life-dream(s) will be? It is different for everyone. Some of us dream big, some dream small. Some think they have no dream at all. It is all a matter of perception and opinion.
One can never be too young or too old to start dreaming.