“All men dream: but not equally, those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.”
- T. E. Lawrence
“All men dream…” By itself this phrase has no significance. I once wrote “All men dream…” on my arm in sharpie so that I could remember this quote throughout the day; it was not long before a friend laughed at me for it. She pointed out how pointless a saying it was, and she was right. It is a foolish and obvious statement without significance, that is, unless you know what follows. All men do have aspirations, hopes, or dreams.
What little boy or girl dreams of working in a cubicle? Not to say there is any shame in that, but it’s not exactly the stuff that dreams are made of. No! Boys and girls want to be astronauts, doctors, athletes, and the occasional oddball that envisions himself/herself growing up and acquiring a successful career as a dinosaur. The point is that we all have or had dreams at some point. The question is what do we do to make those dreams a reality? Are we simply dreamers or are we dreamers of the day? Here is how to recognize the difference
Dreamers, daydreamers, and dreamers of the day are not all the same thing. At night dreamers simply have their minds wander, their subconscious leading them through a whole manner of scenarios. Daydreamers are not much better. They simply occupy their time with frivolous thoughts that generally lead to them being caught off guard by the next person to approach them. There is a time and place for both of these dreams in our lives. After all, who doesn’t enjoy getting lost in their own mind and seeing what oddities they can think up? But the dreamers of the day are a different breed; they take action so that they may live out their dreams.
A dreamer of the day has a dream that is achievable whether through days, weeks, months of countless hours of work, or through simple steps. My dreams are to travel, to be healthy, and to become some type of modern day renaissance man or rather, a person who has learned or tried to do everything. I consider myself a dreamer of the day because since I made this a goal I have achieved great things with my dreams. I am a healthy individual who has travelled to 23 countries and I have acquired a few new random skills such as acting, accordion playing, hair braiding, etc. Sure, these things are random, but they have become a part of what defines me as a person and they are part of what makes me feel accomplished.
Being a dreamer of the day however, isn’t something you achieve. There is no trophy you earn and put on a shelf. A dreamer of the day has to wake up every morning and choose to whether to continue dreaming or not. That’s the difference. Unlike day dreaming or dreaming at night, embodying the ideals of a dreamer of the day is a conscious decision. Embodying this idea requires thought and motivation. Above all, it requires action.
What are your dreams? Do you live them out on a day-to-day basis? Are you striving for something? I owe my achievements to my parents and to my God who have guided me towards and through the experiences that I’ve had in the past. Finding your own support and your own inspiration is what personalizes this. You cannot adopt an idea unless it’s tailored for you. Find this and make that conscious decision all throughout your day. Concentrate on it. Focus it. Dream it.