Daydreams and Growing Pains

As you grow up, you begin to realize how many dreams you’ve abandoned because you didn’t try enough.



Image Credit: “Up” by Pixar


While some of these dreams were cast aside purely because of logistics and unreasonable standards. Some dreams were left because you never forced yourself to go that extra mile to achieve it.

This has happened to me many a times purely because I assumed too much and was too afraid to rock the boat. Dreams, to

Dreams to me, were just fantasies I let myself dabble in when I couldn’t concentrate on homework, assignments or chores. These dreams were just big what-ifs on what my life could be like if I hadn’t made the choices (I more often than I’d like to admit, regret making) that resulted in the path I’m currently in.

But that brings me back to what I wanted to talk about – ‘time’ or the crazy way we suddenly grow older and then, we just hit the pause button and go, “How the hell did we end up here?”.

At the moment, none of us really have the answer to that question.

I’m the kind of person that believes that everything happens for a reason, and we don’t get more than we can bear in terms of difficulty and happiness. In retrospect, I may find out why I made all those decisions as I grow older but right now, I can’t help but feel slightly resentful of the things I gave up.

A part of me feels like each time I change course, a new reality is probably being set up for me and I’m going to keep changing my journey to suit the situation I’m in.Another part of me, however, feels like my deep-rooted insecurity is right and that I’m making a mistake.

Dreams, aren’t supposed to burst so fast – especially when you’re relatively young. Dreams are supposed to be like trees – rooted and strong till you let the gardener go mad with the chainsaw and cut it down.

All I want to say is that everyone should nurture their dreams, no matter how much time ticks away and makes it look further than away. Alan Rickman became an actor at 32, Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York after he got sacked, and Mindy Kaling graduated from being a writer to a lead actress and showrunner of her own show.

Dreams – if you love them and water them enough will bloom into pine trees. Even if you have to put your dreams into boxes and take them out late at night – do it.

Life is but a song and eventually, if you keep working on it enough – it will eventually turn into a reality.


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