Entry 100: All Men Dream

Photo taken in Tennessee, USA by  Julia Bonney  

Photo taken in Tennessee, USA by Julia Bonney 

Location: Arabia

“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 on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. This I did.”

- T. E. Lawrence

“All men dream…” Here we are. 100 entries and well over 3 years later. Back in July of 2014, the thought of sitting down to write 100 separate entries seemed like an insurmountable task. To be honest, I was not even considering it at the time. I certainly enjoyed the idea of being the kind of person who could achieve something like this, but actually doing it, well, that was a different matter. I mean, who has that much time on their hands? I know I don’t.

Taking a look back on these 100 entries, I can see the flux of writing. Some entries had months in between them, some were short and others might have been a bit more of a stretch than their counterparts. Nevertheless, here we are, 100 stories, snippets and thoughts.

By choosing to be a dreamer of the day, somebody who takes action, and not a day dreamer that sits back and wonders what it would be like, I have achieved something. Please don’t take this as an ego trip. Honestly, I have to see it written out to prove to myself that even I could do it. I don't know that I'm much of a writer, but I am a doer.

Taking a look back at Entry 1: Dreamers of the Day, I can see a message to myself: “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.” Simple steps, one entry at a time; not even over the course of months, but of years.

Through this time we’ve talked about stories from different parts of the world and different periods in time. Many of the stories I told had not even happened when I began. How could I have known even if I would have enough content? What I have found though, is that if you train your mind to seek out life’s lessons, you will find value in every experience.

Enough about me.

There is some old wisdom that says nothing is hard, but everything takes time. We view things as difficult at the beginning because we look all of the way to the end, not considering the time, the small goals, the achievements that happen before the task is finished.

Your goals may be big. They make take time. Each day that you postpone your goals because they seem to insurmountable is just another day you have to wait until you achieve them. You can make big changes if you take the time. You will not learn a new language in a month or maybe even in a year. You cannot achieve all of your life’s goals in a decade. If you can then I suggest sitting down to think up some bigger goals. There are always more to dreams to be dreamt

Let’s finish with how we began:

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. So seek your own support, God is there, just pray that your dreams coincide with His plans for you.

Take action, dream big, and seek greatness.

“The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. This I did.”