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To dream the impossible dream

by Nurene Jassiem
10 Oct 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

"In our dreams the women are always beautiful and the men are always strong".

Listening to an old man saying this in his narration of the hit show Umoja the other day got me thinking about the power of dreams.

Some people say dreams happen when you're asleep and that's where they end but the dreams I'm speaking about are the ones you have when you're either wide awake or trying to fall asleep if you're an insomniac like me.

I remember when I was younger I dreamt of becoming the first woman to play in the South African men's cricket team then, as I got older, I realised that you actually need to be darn good to make even a provincial ladies' team!

Then I went through a phase where I dreamt of being rescued by a knight in shining amour and being whisked away to be a princess in a far off land where I could help the needy and never have to work a day in my life - darn! The reality of life really bites!

Daft as these dreams may sound, I think we often miss the plot when we stop dreaming.

I believe dreaming helps to get your creative juices flowing. Case in point: haven't you found that some of your best ideas come to you when you're driving and allow your thoughts to drift from one thing to another?

Although I'm not giving school kids carte blanche to daydream in class, I think a little bit of daydreaming never did anyone any harm.

I believe that every little girl should be allowed to dream of becoming a ballerina and every boy should at least be allowed to think he can fly to the moon.

I think we should be allowed as Luther Vandross sang: "To dream the impossible dream" and "To reach the unreachable star" because in my opinion, when we stop dreaming, we stop seeking to improve ourselves.

I believe dreams - be they the ones you have at night or the ones you have when you're wide awake - are glimpses of what the future could look like.

To me dreams form part of the aspirations we have in life -like the dream of being successful urges you to put in extra effort at work or aspiring to an A-aggregate at school drives you to burn the midnight oil.

So maybe if I tried cutting down on the chips and started jogging I could still become a famous female cricketer and who knows, maybe someday my knight might just rescue me on his white horse (or black Jaguar if you will).

And as I am a true romantic I think we should follow the advice of Maria in The Sound of Music: "Climb every mountain, ford every stream. Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream".

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