I was browsing Google today and I found this quote by one of my favourite authors, Oscar Wilde. I thought I’d share it with you because I could really connect with it.
“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde
I’ve often thought about how in this day and age, being called a “dreamer” is paramount to an insult. A dreamer is someone who wanders off chasing impossibilities, someone who has no sense of realism, someone who believes in things that can never come true. A dreamer is someone who is bound to be broken one day.
So in an age where people are scared to take risks, why be a dreamer? Why be someone who sticks out? Why be someone with stars in your eyes and wings on your feet – someone who, as everyone knows, is eventually going to fall?
I’ll tell you why.
Because the alternative is even worse.
I would rather be someone who takes gigantic risks and believes in magic, rather than someone who lives a safe, sheltered – and incredibly boring – life.
And maybe I am young and have not seen the world as others have. Maybe I’m not the wisest. Maybe that’s the case, but even if I’m young I know what I want. And I know what I don’t want. I don’t want to be someone who knows where their next meal is coming from, yet doesn’t know the last time they were truly passionate about something. I don’t want to be part of the “rat race.” I want to live a life doing the things I love to do. I want to live my dreams.
And I have so many wild, crazy, and maybe impossible dreams – but I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to follow them. I’m prepared to chase down those dreams to the ends of the earth until I can make them all happen – no matter how many sidelong stares or whispered rumours they elicit, no matter how many pitied glances they evoke. Because that’s just who I am.
And so, in conclusion, I am proud. I am proud to be a dreamer, even if it’s hard, because I see the dawn before the rest of the world.