DailyRi 005: In Defense of Dreamers
I HAVE REALLY BIG DREAMS.
DAILYRi 005: In Defense of Dreamers
i’ve had huge dreams since high school.
but for all of high school & most of college, i felt embarrassed to say them out loud. it would take a seriously audacious person to declare some of the goals i had, & i wasn’t that girl (yet). i finally reached my turning point at the beginning of my senior year at michigan, & in typical Ri fashion, i have this transition documented:
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I want to do big things. I want to change lives, and sometimes I think I'm crazy for having this undying belief in myself. But then again, what makes me different from all of the people who've climbed to the top and are currently big players in whatever movement they're part of? Maybe they're crazy too, but in that case, crazy is what I ought to be.
what i love most about these words is that i didn’t try to defend whether or not people were crazy for having such unwavering belief in themselves. craziness is about perception, & i can’t control what other people think. with that said, i believe that, at one point, each person who has contributed greatly to our society was perceived as crazy or idealistic or unrealistic by the same people who end up benefiting from their contributions to society.
& this post comes at no shade to those people. b-school taught me that with any innovation, there are always “pragmatists,” OR “conservatives” who are slower to accept any change. there are also “resistors” who never end up accepting that innovation. no shade to those people at all - our brains just work differently.
i write this post simply to offer a counter-narrative to my fellow dreamers out there. daring to have audacious dreams is a beautiful thing. the loftier our goals are, the crazier they will seem. but i choose to stay on my own my pretty purple planet, shooting for the moon and ensuring that i’m in alignment with my purpose. i have faith that the stars will align for me.
meanwhile, over there on planet earth, if my hopefulness is perceived as idealistic, then so be it. if my level of groundbreaking innovation is perceived as unrealistic, that’s fine by me. & if my daringness to dream is perceived as crazy, that’s cool too.
i would rather spend my life chasing my dreams than being haunted by them.
AS FOR WHAT THOSE DREAMS ARE, THAT’S A POST FOR ANOTHER DAY.