To Dream or not to Dream

Written by Paula O’Sullivan

Let me ask you a question. Are you afraid to dream? Oh I know some of you are asking yourselves is this women quite sane, I don’t mean dream as in when you sleep, I mean dream as in an ideal, an aspiration or ambition. And when put like this I suppose I do sound a bit crazy, but it’s just that I started to think about this a lot, as I have been focusing my thoughts on some particular aspirations recently, and I recalled a time not so long ago when I was afraid to dream, so I was just wondering if there were any other people like me out there.

I wrote a poem recently which kind of summed it up for me.

I’m not afraid

By Paula O’Sullivan

I’m not afraid to embrace my dreams,

No more fear for me,

I’m no longer afraid to think of them,

I’ve become brave you see.

Now I let my dreams play around in my head

Like joyful children.

So what if I fail?

So what if things don’t happen as I want them too?

So what?

I can dream again!

What would happen to me was that I would have an idea, but before I would even give it a chance I would dismiss it. It’s amazing I wouldn’t even bother to allow myself to think about it, not even a little daydream. I would think ‘What’s the point? I would think, ‘This can’t happen because….’ I would think ‘Don’t waste your thoughts on this, this is your lot and you have to stay here, you’ve made your bed and now you HAVE to lie in it’, crazy thoughts indeed!

Does any of this sound familiar? If it does I just want to tell you what I’ve learnt. IT’S OK TO DREAM! But that is all they will be, if you don’t take action. For me I was afraid to dream, because I knew I would have to do something if I let those thoughts into my head, and at the time I didn’t feel brave enough or strong enough to change. It was only when I was at my lowest, at my darkest hour, that I realized that I needed to set goals, I needed to have dreams, something to aim for, something to live for, something to strive for, a purpose, a something to keep me going upwards and forward. That’s when I decided to dream, that’s when I stopped being afraid, and I haven’t looked back since.

Now ‘To dream or not to Dream ’, that IS the question!

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