I daydream... Like, a lot. I know some people consider it overrated and silly. Maybe even childish. But, I think it's a nice escape. A free vacation, even. You don't have to fantasize about castles in the sky, or finding lamps with genies inside. Fantasizing about your future is just as fun. Everyone's gotta have dreams. Sometimes, I even combine the two and retreat to my castle on cloud 9 while I think about the future and what I want to happen in it.
Sometimes, I wish on stars, birthday candles, and when the clock strikes 11:11. I hope for a Prince Charming and a Happily-Ever-After. As you grow up, you learn that these wishes, and these princes, don't work out exactly how you hope they will, as Disney would have you believe. Life isn't a fairytale. People hurt you, you make mistakes, you say things you can't take back. Your birthday candle goes out. The minutes change on your clock. Prince Charming isn't always that charming. But, I think it's still important to dream, to keep the joy and nostalgia from your childhood alive. Eleanor Roosevelt once said that "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional... And what's so wrong with keeping some of your childish joys alive in your heart? Dreaming transfers into reality. Edgar Allen Poe said "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
In my head, I have all of these hopes, ideas, and dreams. I want to give my son the world. I want to take him places. I want him to know what it means to be a real man. I want us to have our own home. It doesn't have to be huge. I want it to be our safe-haven, full of love and comfort. Bright colors, and happiness. I want to fill it with pretty shiny girly things. I want to write a book. I want to get my artwork out there. I want to help and encourage others, do something bigger than myself- inspire and be inspired. I want to truly live, laugh, and love. I want to travel to even more places than I've already been blessed to visit. I want to see Paris and Rome... And even Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Verona (I love Shakespeare).
I don't know if all of these things will come true... Or any of them, for that matter. But, it doesn't hurt to dream. It doesn't hurt to try. If you never try, the answer will always be "no". If you don't seek, you'll never discover. I'm so thankful that God is a loving God... Sometimes I talk His ear off as I pray for some of these things ;)
Life isn't always going to be rainbows and butterflies. Some dreams won't come true, and that can cause you to trade your tiara in for a cape- or you can do like me and wear both ;) Don't let life get you down. Look forward to the future. Dream for the future. Dream just to dream.
I see myself on top of the world, cape blowing in the wind. I can't afford to keep looking down, because my tiara might fall off!
"A dream is a wish your heart makes..."
"And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams--
In what ethereal dances,
By what eternal streams"
~Edgar Allen Poe- To One in Paradise
"You may say I'm a dreamer,
But, I'm not the only one,
I hope someday you'll join us,
And the world will be as one"~John Lennon- Imagine
"What I want to do is travel deep and deeper into the dreamlands, to find that place I know is waiting for me there. My home."
~Charles de Lint- The Onion Girl
"Dreams make all men authors."
Edward Counsels- Maxims