Dreamers: Stop Listening to the Liars
If you look back through the pages of history you will always find the dreamers, the challengers, the innovators. These were the people who had an idea so passionate that they would often times separate themselves from society in order to bring it to life. Edison with his light bulb, Beethoven with his music, Wright Brothers with flight, Henry Ford with his horseless carriage. All these people had one other thing in common, everyone around them thought they were absolutely mental.
These dreamers, thinkers, doers, all took their idea and worked tirelessly to make their dreams a reality. They faced opposition, insults, and disconnect from those they loved, but in the end, it was those same people who opposed them who would worship their brilliance. In today’s society we are taught throughout school that we don’t need to be dreamers, but realists. That only if you become what society deems a “good profession” will you ever make anything of yourself. Well, I am here to tell you that they are all lying.
It is not what society wants you to be, but what you yourself want to become. It is dreamers who history remembers, not followers. Every great leader to emerge had one thing in common; everyone thought they were crazy. But sometimes that’s what it takes to show those around you that you are different. You have our own voice, and you want to shout it. You are a creative, passionate beings that doesn’t deserve to be put into a cubicle and told what to do, when to do it. You are Gods highest form of creation. You have been given a brain superior than any other being. You have the ability to use your brain to impact the world in such glorious ways. To build, to innovate, to inspire. So why let someone else tell you what you can and can’t be. Why would you let someone else turn your dreams into nightmares? Why?
This is a question that isn’t asked in schools anymore, a question that isn’t addressed in social gatherings. Because you see, if we start asking why, then we start reflecting on why not. When people said to Steve Jobs you can’t, he said…why not. When Martin Luther King was laughed at for his dreams, he asked…why not. You see you can do whatever you want to. You can be the dreamer that is wanting to be let out. It is inside you waiting to be unleashed, the only problem is you have been tricked so long into thinking you can’t it has becomes difficult to re-ignite the fire. So let me do it for you. Let me ask you questions you aren’t asked anymore.
What stops you from being who you want to be?
Why are you currently in the situation you are in?
Why do you wake up every day?
Why did you let your dreams fade?
Why have you fooled yourself into believing you are happy, when in reality you are only just content?
These questions all have answers, but require serious thought. It requires a belief that with those answers you can begin to free yourself from your current situation. It leads you to realize that pointing your fingers at society, parents, friends, social standing, the color of your skin, any and everything that you have used to justify your current condition is an excuse. This insight will set your free. It will help you understand that there is only one finger that needs to be pointed, and that is at you.
Dreamers understood that it wasn’t up to society to change their lives but up to them to change society. They didn’t hide behind flimsy excuses of failure, rather they saw failure as an opponent they would defeat. We all have greatness inside of us, so why not unleash it? I challenge every single one of you to turn a dream into reality. No matter how big or how small. Pick one thing you have always wanted to do, wanted to become, and DO it. It will take time, and it will be hard at first, but start today. Don’t wait until tomorrow, start right now. As history shows, you can do it, so keep dreaming and stop listening to the lies.
– Omar M.