I ask you, what is the one thing, given infinite opportunity and no restrictions other than the combined limit of the human body and laws of theoretical physics, you wish you could do in life? What is your dream? Or if you want to be difficult, what are you dreams?
Mine is super specific because it’s something I used to stay awake over. I used to fantasize about in my sleep. Daydream about it during school until I realized it really is pretty impossible unless by some stroke of luck, the lottery, and major circumstance change will i ever be able to accomplish it. My dream is to drive a 2008 BMW M3 GTS on the Nürburgring Nordschleife roadway. Yep, yep. I want to take my favorite car, which is German, on a German track. The “Green Hell” is one of the nicknames that have been given to this insanely technical track.
Just 2 laps would be enough for me to die happier than I ever thought possible.
Yes, I am a racer at heart. No, I do not have the money it takes to purchase or make a car to compete. Yes, I wish had the money to do so. No, I have never been on an official track other than go-karts. Yes, I have owned pretty much every racing simulator for the game consoles I owned. I drive now like I’m on a track.
I wonder why I only have 2 speeding tickets.
But that’s just what it is, a dream. Some conceivable yet outlandish fragment of something that I want more than anything, but I will never have. Some part of my existence that is missing and I want to insert into my lifetime that will never actually fit. Yes, I recognize the inability to know the future and because it’s not impossible there is a chance it could happen. I’m a realist, not a pessimist.
Please tell me the difference between a realist and pessimist in times of doubt.
But that’s the nature of a dream isn’t it. You can’t have it. It will never be yours. That’s why people tell you to dream in the stars. You can stretch as much as you want, You are never going to touch them, as much as you may want to. Now with all that being said, I do believe in goals. To me, an attainable “conceivable yet outlandish fragment of something” isn’t a dream, at that point it’s a goal. Goals come with steps and laid out plans and methods of execution. Goals seem like dreams, but you more than likely have the means to hit a goal with just hard work and determination. Another dream of mine, it’s a dream now and not before, was to be a military combat pilot. It was a goal years ago because there were attainable steps to take. I would do about 10 years in the United States Air Force, take a test, do some training, and boom. Yes, i incredibly simplified that process. I do know all it takes to be a pilot for them. It’s just a dream now because I made a promise to my brother that I wouldn’t go. …no longer attainable.
I do not hold any ill feelings toward my brother over that, just for the record. I love him more than anything and would make that choice a hundred times over.
Dream..aint never gonna happen in yo lifetime. Goal, it’s gonna be difficult, but you got it homie.
…..there is that intentional bad grammar I spoke about…..
So why then do we dream when disappointment seems so inevitable? Because it’s hope. That tiny, infinitesimally small chance that the universe will bend in your favor gives life a positive flair about it. It gives you motivation to push forward, to do better, to take that next leap. Then when you’re old and gray and notice you’re at the end of the “road”, you look back and see how that dream made you achieve so much more in life. It led you to take chances, follow your gut, and make that leap of faith towards something even greater. Compared to the stagnation of no hope, no ambition, and no will to get that which probably won’t happen. You see it every day. The lower middle class people stuck in “dead end” jobs struggling to get by. They don’t have time to dream because they have too many responsibilities to have their heads in the clouds to focus on. That’s just a sad circumstance in life sometimes.
Keep your head in the clouds.
Keep striving for that which you can almost certainly never gain. You want to live on Neptune? Study science and physics and space theories and fill your head with all this knowledge that may cause you to lead the next great leap in space travel. You want to end aging? Get out there and focus on medicine and experiment and you may accidentally come across the cure to some deadly disease that was plaguing mankind. You want to be a racer in some foreign country. Study cars and learn their parts and raise your driving stamina and skill and you may end up the designated driver for your friends’ road trips all the time leading you to see awesome sights you never would’ve seen firsthand. ..I threw in my experience so far for you guys..
Dreams keep the world going. You’d think it would be goals, but if everyone only strove for what they knew they could get, society would never break boundaries. Human advancement, I’ve noticed, comes about when people hit that point between what they can do and what is impossible.
Hope my second post was a thinker for you.
Til next time. Stay frosty.