The Magnolia Story, written by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino, is an autobiography about the successes and setbacks of Chip and Joanna Gaines before getting to where they are today. After Chip and Joanna’s reality show Fixer Upper aired on HGTV, the Gaineses have written The Magnolia Story, started Magnolia Reality, and created the […]
Or rather, why not?
What’s in a dream?
Dreams are “what’s out there.” The unattainable with a pinch of attainability. It’s an intangible thought when one says “dream” or “vision.” What is it? Well, it’s a lot, isn’t it? It’s courage, it’s probability, it’s a bright, hazy future, it’s a daring mentality and a chip on the shoulder, it’s transformation, it’s an escape, and a breakthrough, and a drive and a big picture, it’s a cloud in the sky, a rocket to the moon, it’s a powerful momentum all fueled by hope and wonder. These are the most powerful things within the human condition. It’s what drives us. No. It’s what propels everything.
Dreams can take you where? Anywhere. A vision can create what? Anything.
Action does that.
Visionaries not only believe that the impossible can be done, but that it must be done. — Brian Ferren
Yes, you can have hope and wonder and with it a fairy tale. But dreams do nothing unless the dreamer stops at nothing.
Luckily a dream is fuel within itself. It may be harder not to chase your dreams than to chase them. Otherwise you end up with regret. I heard a man once say that when he asked a number of seniors about their life, they all began their story with “I wish I had done ________.”
Why didn’t they chase their dreams? Well, because life got them down.
It’s the children who dream the biggest, right? They’re ignorant to the constraints life builds around them. Parents say “chase your dreams” yet don’t take their own advice. You live your dreams through your children… when we can all become our dream.
Please, parent, take your own advice. You are born to a set of parents, so technically you’re someone’s kid… which makes you a kid. There. Logic. You’re allowed to dream.
I know one of the most powerful scene I’ve seen in any movie is Will Smith telling his son in “The Pursuit of Happyness” … well, I’ll let him say it.
Yes, I cried too. But that message isn’t just for the kids. It’s for the humans, and maybe one day the robots that your dreams turned into reality.
Because dreams are so much more powerful than that scene! Dreams turn science fiction into science, earth-bound pedestrians into extra-terrestrials, and Baptist ministers into world-changers. They get you off your butt and they spark that something.
That’s what dreams do. That’s what a vision does.
Wait, wait, wait. No! That’s what you do. Look in a mirror. YOU CAN SEE YOUR VISION. Vision is called vision for a reason. A visionary has vision… and a vision is seen… and seeing happens with the eye… and your eyes are a vessel to the soul. Get it?
If you’re looking for dreams, for inspiration, look no further than the mirror.
That’s when you realize the possibilities. Dreams are no longer this far-off thing. It’s no longer a cloud in the sky, or a rising hot air balloon. It’s not even right in front of you. It’s inside you.
Once you realize that, only you can know what to do from there. Keep dreaming. Because I guarantee you it’s an enthralling experience. You won’t want to stop dreaming.
The day I stop dreaming is the day I die. — Soichiro Honda
In fact, once you become a dreamer, you’ll finally find (or re-find) reality.
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real. — Tupac Shakur
But look around and see the dreamers beside you. And if you don’t, then inspire them to dream.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. — Yoko Ono
But what happens when you make a dream a reality? Then what? Well, I’m sure you know. You’ll just keep on dreaming.
What I think you’ll find is that your dreams are a lot bigger than you ever thought they were. Because when you reach that vision, you may not even realize it. You’ll still be reaching and you’ll still be driven and it’ll fly right past you because you will have thrown caution to the wind and let the wind take you. You won’t look back! Visionaries never look back, do they? They chase and they chase because dreaming is the reality. It’s the human condition. Dreamers make reality, then make it better.
But it takes courage. A lot of it. Throw everything into fate and then hope to hope itself! It’s scary! But fear goes away when you let dreams in.
And 99% of success is failure. There’s no certainty in the fruition of dreams, but there is certainty in cherishing desire. And there’s certainty in cherishing anticipation, thrill, hard-headedness, courage, excitement and innovation, that kid-like, nothing is impossible mentality, fun -of course- and most importantly, trying. You’ll never regret trying. Never ever.
So dream big. Have grand visions. Or small one’s, if you wish. It’s your world, and we’re living in it. Change it if you want. Because you can. Dreams are tangible. They’re you.
Josh Rushing is a journalist, a photographer, and a public speaker. Rushing thrives when it comes to reporting breaking news from all over the world, and is always able to truly capture the emotional atmosphere in every scene he reports on. One thing that inspires me about Rushing is that he sets out to not […]
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