The Founding Fathers of the United States of America had a dream for a better life. On July 4, 1776, America claimed independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings.
Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the United States of America, so that they can begin their American Dream. There is no person alive that isn’t filled with dreams, goals and ideals. These things are a part of life and human nature. We all have the inbred desire for a good life. Dreams are vital to the life of every person. Without dreams, there is nothing to plan or look forward to; therefore, no reason to live.
The definition of a dream is ‘hope’; an inspiration; an aim. Every human being dreams, the dreams differ greatly from person to person, some being small while others large. Whatever the case is, it gives us something to look forward to.
Dreams are what make us what we are. Everyone has a different dream and these dreams are what influence our whole lives. Without dreams a person has no motivation. There would be no point in going to school or getting a job, since no one would dream of having a career or family. Dreams are what motivate us and keep us going through the hard times. We dream of something better than what we presently have and it motivates us to succeed in achieving our goals.
It has been said that, “All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.” Any person who has achieved something great had a dream first. A famous and obvious example is Martin Luther King who said, “I have a dream!” If he did not dream he never would have stood up for what he believed in and never aimed to change things. This is exactly why we need dreams – to have hope and to aim to change our present situation for the better.
What is your dream? Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, to listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you? Your dreams are there. Everyone has them. They may live right on the surface, or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you they were foolish, but they are there.
Write down all of your dreams as you have them. Don’t think of any as too outlandish or foolish – remember, you’re dreaming! Let the thoughts fly and take careful record.
Now, prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most feasible? Which would you love to do the most? Put them in the order in which you will actually try to attain them. Remember, we are always moving toward action, not just dreaming.
Life is too short to not pursue your dreams. Someday your life will near its end and all you will be able to do is look backwards. You can reflect with joy or regret. Those who dream, who set goals and act on them to live out their dreams are those who live lives of joy and have a sense of peace when they near the end of their lives. They have finished well, for themselves and for their families.