We Need To Dream

Photograph/Milan Bruchter

Photograph/Milan Bruchter

Editor’s Note: This article was written by past Defiant writer, Mari Kramer.

There are the ones that wake us, and the ones that seem to pull us from reality. There are enormous ones we have yet to fulfill and tiny ones that are satisfied by day's end. No matter the size, we shouldn't let go of our dreams. Here are a few reasons why you should keep—or start—dreaming:

1.    You can get to know yourself better. You don’t always need to know what you want, but if you’re working toward something, you may discover other goals along the way. And, qualities like leadership and creativity, which you don’t always get to develop, can rise to the surface when you work toward your dreams.

2.    They will help you make choices. If you’re lucky enough to choose your path, make use of this power. Your goals may feel unattainable, but you won’t know until you try.

3.    Your will find success. in yourself and your dream, you’ll find success, even if it’s not in the form you expect. You may even end up achieving more than you ever thought you could. You’ll achieve more for your hard work if you have something to work toward.

4.   You’ll change the world. Dreams are the reasons why the world changes for the better. They’re the reason we change and grow as people because they give us the opportunity to make a difference.

Langston Hughes puts it simply in his poem, Dreams:

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.