Nebulous Fabulousness and How I Hope To Attain It…
The Daily post asked: “Why do some people’s dreams get realized and others don’t?”
(Before I start, can I state for the record that the “z” in “realized” is annoying me – but I am going with it!)
That is it, in brief, I think.
It also helps if the dream is defined. Then it is possible to take steps towards a known goal. Nebulous fabulousness is probably my goal – but how will I know if I have attained it?…
Also there is hard work and getting on with it. I could claim that it is my dream to write a novel. The easy way to succeed would be to… hmmm… I dunno… er….. like, actually…. “Write a Novel” – then hey: Dream realized!
So, back to “The Great Gatsby” and his dream – he failed in his attempt to realize his dream because he mistakenly thought you could repeat the past:
“I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” I ventured. “You can’t repeat the past.”
“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”
I could decide that it would be my dream to be a world class gymnast. This is not going to happen. If I had stuck in with the acrobatics in the early 1980s?…
(Nah… don’t think so either…)
I think I am back to Frost’s diverging roads. Once a path has been chosen – there are other paths that you didn’t take. You can’t go back and start again in the past – you have to work from the present. So, those dreams that can come true, have to be dreams based on the reality of the present.
So, do you have a dream? Is is realistic, possible, planned? Are you working hard on it?
If you acknowledge that by pursuing a dream you are shutting off zillions of possible other avenues, and if you are aware that the whole thing may be scuppered if a random unforseen event occurs that puts the kibosh on it, then it’s do-able, I’d say. However:
” the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley”