Twenty thousand doesn’t sound like a big number. Captain Nemo traveled 20,000 leagues under the sea in his famous Nautilus .With that amount of money it will be hard to find a good apartment in a big city. An average educated person knows about 20,000 words of the almost 1,000,000 words in the English language. With 20,000 kilometers you will only be at 20% of the distance from the earth to the moon. The biggest 5 hotels in Las Vegas have more than 20,000 rooms combined. And yet 20,000 days it’s all we have to make our dreams come true.
Every great novel, every great movie, every great story ever told has a constant! What is that constant you may ask? That there was someone, sometimes a guy, sometimes a girl, some others a town, a race, a country, that had a dream and no matter what happened they kept going after that dream until they finally got it (except in “the perfect storm”: such a sad story). Of course for each of these great stories there are thousands or more of people who never got even close to achieving their dreams.
You might find yourselves forgetting your dreams, you might talk yourself into believing that reality is better, that it’s best not to dream at all, and when you least know it, you are one of those thousands who never reach their dreams. But remember what John Updike use to say “Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
Someone once wrote that what makes life worth living is the possibility of having your dreams come true! Too often desire can leave us heartbroken, tired of waiting, of wanting; it can wreak you life, but as though as it seems, it is the people who don’t have dreams, who don’t know what they want, the ones who suffer the most; because dreaming is embedded in our hearts, and the moment we stop dreaming, we hurt our hearts badly.
There are several reasons for not achieving your dreams, you might have fear of the dream coming true, and not being all that you expected. You might be waiting for others to do it for you, like hopping that the government will one day give you the medical aid you need and just waiting for it. You might be afraid of asking for the help of others or maybe you just don’t know how to get there, you got lost somewhere along the way, and it seems too late to find your way into that dream. Whatever your reasons might be remember what Goethe wrote:
“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
A friend once told me that dreams are like stars, we might never reach them, but like the mariners in the sea, we chart our course by them. I am not sure If agree with her in the part of not reaching them, but we definitely guide our course by them. Every important decision, every cross road we come across, every hit we have to endure and wonder why we do it, in every single step of the way, we find the answer in our dreams. It gives us the energy not only to keep us going, but to do what in any other circumstance will seem impossible, that’s the magic of dreams: to bring within our reach that what seems impossible.
You can be certain one thing, apart from death and taxes, that no matter how hard you try there are going to be times when you just can push much further, that the shore it’s too far away and you have nothing more to give, and it is in those moments, when the people that truly believe in your dreams will give you the helping hand you needed so much. If you have shown excitement, passion and commitment to your dreams, others will come and join you, and help you build that dream.
Sometimes it’s hard for us to find the right people to share our dreams with, to find people just as passionate as we are, and so we give up the fight and settle for the best that has come our way. But we need not to give up, we should never give in, we should raise our voice so high that everyone out there can hear us.
If you think about Dr. Martin Luther King the first words that will come to your mind are. “I have a dream”, because he raised his voice high enough and people listened, and follow, and eventually help that dream come true.
With this in mind, I want to share a new dream of mine: I want to give common people a place to raise their voice, a place where they can share their dreams, a place where many can help each other to achieve their dreams, whether they are big or small, it might be just a silly thing that can bring a smile to someone face or something so big that will change the world as we know it.
So to get started on this, I have set a goal to help 20,000 people achieve their dreams. We will be posting all the info and how to make it happen at www.20000dreams.com. Let us create a place where we can engage all kinds of people from all walks of life, so that can they come together to help each others. And I beg of you to attent to it now, don’t wait.
Hope you can join and helps us make this a reality. Now I will let John Lennon say the final words, which I myself couldn’t say it better:
“You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope someday you'll join us,
And the world will be as one.”