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Monday, December 26, 2011

Dare to Dream!

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them". ~Walt Disney 

Childhood days are the best days in our lives. One day we desired to be a Doctor, Another day, engineer, One day we aspired to become a scientist and another day we decided we would be an entrepreneur.

When we were young, we dared to dream, beyond our will, beyond our might. We believed in ourselves and we had the confidence that we would be able to accomplish and fulfil our dreams. Looking back, I’m not sure of how and where that confidence came from, but still there was something deep within , some burning desire, to set a dream; a destination and to fulfil it, at some point of time in the future . Agreed that we were completely ignorant of the course of actions which we would have to undertake to realize our vision, but our mind was set on the destination. We dreamt without being gripped by a sense of fear, we knew we could do it; we knew we would do it. We just had to figure out how.

As we grow up we restrict our vision and force our minds to think within an imaginary boundary. There was a time when we opted for a panoramic view of things. Now we restrict ourselves because of some inexplicable fear. The fear of what others might think. We are worried of the consequences we would have to face if we do not succeed. We give undue importance to trivial matters which do not deserve a mention.  More than worrying about the process which we would have to undertake, we are concerned with stuff which wouldn’t have much of an impact on our performance or on the process, per se. Even before we start dreaming, we put an abrupt end to it.

When I was talking about this with a friend of mine, he said “When we are young we are not aware of the complexities of the process. But when we grow up, we realize how difficult things are and we try to remain content with what we possibly could muster.”

This reply got me thinking about an obvious fact. We weren’t aware of the so called “complexities” way back.  Now that we know what they are, and we are in a position to define what difficulties and obstacles we might stumble upon, shouldn’t we make use of the available resources and try ways and means to overcome them? They are difficult, not impossible. Nothing comes without one’s hard work and if it does come without one’s effort, it would be ephemeral.

Today we see people blindly following what most of the others do. Of course, there are people who pursue what they are passionate about, but the percentage of people who fall under that category is very little. We should learn from them, how to be bold enough to stand up to everyone and prove ourselves worthy, in a field of our choice. I’m not saying we should stick to what we dreamt of when we were young. Not entirely. I’m trying to say that we shouldn’t lose or forget the ability to dream big. Our dreams will definitely evolve over a period of time, but the core theme of the dream will persist.The happiness which we get from following our dreams and fulfilling it is incomparable.

Just like how Robert Frost, in his poem “The Road Not taken”, says

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

36 comments:

  1. Agree with your post. Luckily my ambition has been the same since I was a kid! Hope you're having a great holiday season :)

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  2. Nice one Ashwini.There must be a passion,a fire in the belly and a determination to achieve any dream.It can vary depending on circumstances one is placed in.But this quote is relevant.

    "No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined." »Harry Emerson Fosdick

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  3. You are right. When we were young, we were not aware of the complexities. Infact we were also not aware of the repercussions! We did, because we wanted to. Now we do, because we have to. The desire is missing now. As we grow up, we pick up stuffs from the society and we categorize them into right and wrong. Some move away from this, and carve their own path - right / wrong is immaterial for them.

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  4. i personally feel that there is a thin line between what one dream and what he/she is capable of.......and one who gets that balance, goes very close to his dream.....

    Thoughtful Post.....!!

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  5. Well said. We need to stop living according to society's norms and do what other people are doing. It's time to re-evaluate things and live out our passions.

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  6. Sometimes, the essential virtue of contentment can close the doors on our aspirations. Your post is a wonderful reminder of how important dreams are.

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  7. Beautiful post Ashwini! Following our heart and taking road less traveled are most rewarding and fulfilling!

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  8. a nice write!
    I absolutely love that poem by Frost. I agree totally, there are only a few people who became what they had dreamed of as kids.

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  9. wow.... really amazing...!! each n every word is true..!

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  10. ""and if it does come without one’s effort, it would be ephemeral.""" that is true. there's a saying 'what comes fast goes away fast' hard work has no substitute & chasing our dreams needs loads of it
    good post Ashwini &i am sure u r living one of your dreams right not (TCS) :))

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  11. A solid reflection upon today's trends. I think about those times when i drew being a police officer or an astronaut in art class, yet i find myself, probably like many others chasing something that feels like a pre-scripted destiny. Your article has shed light to the fact that it is not our thinking that evolves over age, but only our own insecurities over our choices, aided by multitude of opinions. Its better to try and fail, than not trying at all and paramount is the belief in one's own ability . Kudos, a wonderful piece that certainly made me introspect.

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  12. Very wisely written Ashwini ma'am! Liked it...You gave me the theme of 2012..Dream big:) Keep writting:)

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  13. @Gayathri
    Thank you :-)
    Good For you that you've been able to achieve what you wanted. *salute* :-)

    @KP
    Thank you :-)
    Yes. There must be some force which would continue to push us to reach the goals we set. Once we have that passion, if we mould it well, we would get what we wanted.
    That was a wonderful quote, thanks for sharing it. :-)

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  14. @Binu
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, I sometimes wish I had the courage , which I had years back. Today there is a lot of pressure from the society and people have their own versions of what is right and wrong and impose it on us.

    @Lakshmi
    Thank you :-)

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  15. @Irfan
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, I agree. But the problem is, most of them are not even aware of that they are capable of, despite them having the potential to execute arduous tasks.

    @Sumitra
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, we need to listen to our hearts first, rather than listening to someone else, who has nothing to do with us.

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  16. @Subhorup
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, sometimes we tend to be content with things, knowing well that we are capable of much more.

    @Rahul
    Thank you Sir :-)
    Yes, it is definitely fulfilling.

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  17. @Harish
    Thank you:-)
    Yes. there are very few who are bold enough and lucky enough to achieve what they wanted

    @Suresh
    Thank you :-). Comes from Experience!

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  18. @Anu
    Thank you :-)

    @Sujatha
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, without hard work there is no way we could attain what we want. And to be frank, I wanted to be a lawyer when I was young :D, Still, as I said, my dreams evolved and I'm not really sure If I'm living my dream. Yes yes, you got that right ;-)

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  19. @Harish
    Thank you so much :-)
    Yes, It is better to try and fail, rather than not trying it out in the first place. Years later, there shouldn't be a question of "If only I'd given it a try once".

    @Mithlash
    Thank you :-)

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  20. You are only existing when you stop dreaming and I know with age we dream less. May be we know reality a way too much... You ended on a very beautiful note. This is one poem I can read over and over again...:)

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  21. truly said ........!i have actually experienced this with myself..and happens to observe it in everyone...
    copying others or following one seemsto be easy and safe than exploring yourself..the later being risky and hard...
    the lines at the ending perfectly suit your writeup

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  22. @Saru
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, I think too much of practical knowledge is dampening our ability to dream beyond what one considers normal.
    As for the poem, One of my favorites too :-)

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  23. @The Madrasi
    Thank you.
    People say " A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what it is meant for". That way, many a time, people bank too much on the "safe" option.

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  24. Nice One ASHU :)Really we dint know the complexities wen v were young, but now, we do . . and "I Took The One Less Traveled By" :)nice . . .

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  25. @Danny
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, WE were ignorant of the complexities and that was an advantage in a way.

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  26. wow ..

    Well I always think that one shud always dream for those who dream can get there dreams fulfilled ..

    Have a great day and happy new year to you again and family and everyone around you …

    Bikram's

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  27. @Bikram
    Thank you :-)
    Yes, we should constantly visualize what we want. That would help us, in a way.
    Happy New Year :-)

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  28. Oh yes those childhood days and the dreams then.. I would be the wrong person to comment on how it feels when you leave ur dreams are not fulfilled..because God's Grace whatever I dreamt of I have it..the road was not easy but yes I am happy I did not give up.. a very well written post Ashwini.. Herez wishing you a very happy new year :) :)

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  29. @Sukupedia

    Thank you :-) Happy New Year to you :-)
    Glad that you did not give up and set out to follow your dreams :-) Happy for you!

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  30. Hi Ashwini,
    This is really a touching post.I can relate to every line of it.And certainly these thoughts of motivation are an absolute must for everyone!I too feel the same many a times(framed a few poems on it)..But its easier said than done..As we grow,a sense of insecurity creeps in,The need of securing our future outweighs our passion.It depends whether if you are lucky enough to risk chasing your passions...For me it's about having the best of all worlds...trying to have a taste of all subjects,professions,hobbies,personalities..sort of something of everything..Life that way seems much more enjoyable....ooops,wrote a essay in a comment box!haha..sorry!And that poem by robert frost is my eternal favorite.."two roads diverged in a wood and I took the less travelled by"..keep sharing highly optimistic posts.I absolutely adore anything about hope and optimism!ewww essay over!
    take care.

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  31. @Rohit
    Thank you.
    Yes, I agree that it is not as simple as it might seem.But if you want that eternal satisfaction, nothing is going to come in easy :-)

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  32. Its a great post to remember Ashwini. Completely agree with you; when we start growing, we concern more on what other people speak or think about our outcomes which will be completely absent during our childhood days.

    We dare to do things beyond the imaginations. It reminds me of the quote I read somewhere today. When you think, think like a child. Because only a child thinks the unthinkable :)

    Great read!

    Cheers,
    Anand
    Life's like that

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  33. @Anand
    Thank you :-)
    Perhaps that is why people keep saying, never lose the spirit of the child in you :-)

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