Dare to Keep Dreaming: The World Needs Dreamers

2420bf78a9ab7f45f56b4873aea35352 People say I’m just a dreamer  and I don’t know what is real  maybe they’re right                          I can’t deny it                                    I try to live my life                        like dreamers do…  JS  5/81

 “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Have you ever been accused of being a dreamer? I use the word accused because that’s exactly what it feels like, an accusation, as if being a dreamer is a bad thing? Sadly being a dreamer is viewed as impractical and a waste of time. For many it’s all about being a ‘doer’, because ‘doers’ get thing’s done, dreamers don’t. Even our current school system is designed to stifle dreamers. Schools no longer seem to encourage free thinking or teach students how to question or think outside of the box. Instead they are taught to answer specific questions with predetermined answers.  It seems that creativity and the freedom to explore have been removed from the classroom and replaced with structure that often results in boredom.Definitely not the stuff that dreamers are made of.

Now I’m not saying that today’s teachers aren’t creative or are boring, I know there are some outstanding teachers out there but their hands are tied. They can only be as creative as needed to teach the mandated, common core state standards that their students are required to know in order to pass the class. Teachers can no longer afford to stray off course or explore areas that they or the students find interesting because they only have a limited amount of time to cover required standards material and prepare students for the yearly California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Now it’s all about the tests. If material isn’t directly related to the standards it’s not on the test so why bother covering it, interest and curiosity be damned.

Yeah it’s getting really tough for dreamers these days. There are simply far too many distractions out there, a plethora of hi-tech, gadgetry designed to keep us mindlessly entertained for hours on end. Can you imagine how many hours are wasted every day playing with our techie toys, our smart phones, tablets, laptops and gaming devices. Granted some users are actually doing something productive, but most are simply killing time, talking, texting, tweeting, FBing, Instagramming, internetting or taking selfies, all real time wasters. Today’s dreamers have to be focused and truly commitment to make time for dreaming.

Remember when we were kids and we’d lay flat on our backs on the lawn staring up at the sky lost in daydreams? Sometimes we’d lay there being creative using our imaginations to see shape in the clouds overhead. Other times we’d lay be there chewing on a piece of grass dreaming about the future, imagining what might lie ahead, just thinking and wondering. Ah the good old days, There were a lot of dreamers back then. Today’s kids don’t know what they’re missing. They are the children of technology and don’t really understand the importance of dreaming or the value of visualizing within their own mind. What’s the point?

Today kids don’t have to dream or imagine at all, they have the world is at their fingertips. If they want to know something they simply Google it. With a few strokes of the keys the world is their oyster. They have the ability to learn about anything, they can go anywhere and see anything. Technology has given this generation all the things we were only able to dream about as children. The touchscreen is their personal window to the world and beyond. It’s right there for the taking, still most kids would rather be on their smart phones and tablets,engaged in social media, just killing time, time they could be spending exercising their brains on an online adventure making incredible discoveries or simply kicking back using their imagination and creating their own mental adventures.

The world needs dreamers, it’s always needed them and will continue to need them in the future. Can you imagine where we’d be today without the dreamers of the world? I’m not talking about your run of the mill, ‘pie in the sky’ dreamers who do absolutely nothing to try and see their dreams through. All they can do is hope that they somehow become reality. No, I’m talking about the dreamers who are also ‘doers’,  the trailblazers. They are the optimists, Idealists, the romanticist and visionaries who have helped shape the world we live in. They weren’t always well received and sometimes called impractical but the dreams of the dreamers bend and shape the world. We all need to follow our dreams.

“dreamers are mocked as impractical, the truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” ~Robin S. Sharma

The world may need ‘doers’, realists  to keep it moving along in the right direction, but the world also needs dreamers to give it a soul.

Keep on dreaming…

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