Updated: Feb 9, 2022
In this context, I am reminded of a story of a young girl who hailed from a small town, Karnal in India.
In school, whenever her art teacher gave the assignment to draw scenery, she would only draw sky and stars. This was so because she believed this was her world. She thought she belonged and lived here. On one occasion, when her teacher assigned her a project on ecology, she covered the entire roof with stars.
Truly fascinated with the cosmic world, she rose to become the first Indian American lady to step into space. She was none other than Kalpana Chawla.
Innovators, creators of the world have been great dreamers. They were so passionate and fascinated by the thoughts that they chased their dreams day in and day out; while their counterparts relaxed.
They burned the midnight oil to reach the milestones which they had committed to themselves. People like Kalpana Chawla have a burning desire to hunt, chase, and follow their dreams.
Here are some starling instances of the young girl. While Kalpana Chawla was pursuing her bachelor's in engineering from Punjab engineering college Chandigarh, India, she had pasted a photograph of a space shuttle on the wall in her room just in front of her so that she could keep gazing at it morning, evening, and night. Not only this, she posted another picture of a space shuttle on her Maruti car rear glass. So passionate was the chase for the dreams and for stars and space, that her dream got imprinted in the mind which later manifested.
This is the power of dreams in life. I have realized, that without dreams life is meaningless. It is colorless. It's like a ship without a rudder. Dreams are our drivers. They serve as an inspiration and add spice to life. Dreams are so powerful that they give a purpose to live meaningfully. E-Paul Morey had once remarked—
An ignorant man’s world is limited by knowledge; a great man’s world by the limits of his vision. Therefore, if the vision is big so is your potential for success. --
Therefore, dreams excite you to create a better version of yourself by meeting the pains and battles en-route.
However, dreams without manifestation are lost.
Therefore, the challenge lies in transforming our dreams into reality.
So, dare to dream and act on that dream despite circumstances, and obstacles. History is full of examples of men and women who achieved meteoric success despite adversity. They dared to dream and became successful. Napoleon, despite being born in a humble background, became an emperor. Beethoven, even after he lost his hearing brought to life his inner vision for music.
Dr. Abdul Kalam had also remarked, --
“Real dreams are not those which you get while sleeping,
but those which do not allow you to sleep”.
Kalpana Chawla dreamt with her eyes open. She could only think of the sky, stars, space, and spacecraft. She laser-focused on her dream and it grew bigger and bigger till it was realized. Sure, she would have come across many challenges and setbacks, but she did not lose courage. She was hungry to chase her dream.
In her last message to her alma mater, that is, Punjab engineering college, Chandigarh, India, she said and I quote,
“There does exist a path between dreams and success.
May you have the vision to find it,
The courage to get onto it,
And the perseverance to follow it
Wishing you a great journey.”
Romelu Lukaku, a Belgian football player at age 6 years dared to set himself a mission and empowered himself to believe that he will change his status quo, no matter what. He silently worked with conviction that he will beat poverty one day and become the BEST football player in Belgian history.
He once remarked---
“Every game I ever played was a Final. When I played in the park, it was a Final. When I played during break in kindergarten, it was a Final”.
We create our future by chasing our dreams. Events in the past - failures, rejections become insignificant. What lies ahead is crucial- Our Dreams for New Beginnings.
Isn’t Journey in pursuit of dreams worth it?