In the following verses Lewis Carroll says that life is a dream. Or is it that dream is life?
Ever drifting down the stream
Lingering in the golden gleam
Life, what is it but a dream?
Dream. One should always have dreams big or small, doesn’t matter. I don’t know how far I can agree with what Carroll says but it is crucial to dream of something and then nurture it, and let it grow. As we continue to live, some of our dreams grow to their full potential while some, unfortunately, are broken down into tiny little pieces. One of the things that becomes our tragic flaw is that we pick up the pieces of those dreams and save them in a cupboard and lock it up. From time to time we take out the pieces and view them as our precious ‘glass menagerie’ like Amanda used to do in the play by Tennessee Williams. The tiny pieces of the shattered dreams turns into a decoration of regrets that we eventually grows into a habit of looking at.
This is where we go wrong. Our tragic flaw makes us nurture our regrets when we should be nurturing new dreams or mending the old ones. We need to develop a new perspective about life, dreams and people.
Life moves on as Robert Frost once said. Hence the need is not to stop at the dreams that break down into regrets. The end of one dreams doesn’t mean the end of life. As one of my really valued teachers once said; no failure in life means that it is end of life. It only means that there are new dreams and opportunities awaiting us.
Then there are people in our life. They are neither black nor white. They are the gray elements in our lives and we cannot push them aside as merely good or bad. We need them. If we give it some thought, having dreams actually helps us see who stands by us in our journey or who puts us off. In a way dreams are like a sieve, we can sift through the positive forces from the negative. The norms of society, the conformity, the people who tell you to its not possible will all get separated from the finer elements of life.
So go on dream, keep dreaming, have the courage to see some of them shatter and have the patience to see them glow and light you. Dream to see who can stand by you and understand the society and its contradictions. Dream, for life without it is bland.