Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dreaming With Your Eyes Open

Here are some photos taken from that Odaiba trip a few weeks ago!
It was my first time there, a really beautiful place.
Also, here are some thoughts to go with these photos.


"We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible."
-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 


Imagine that as a young child, you brought a seed home and carefully planted it in a pot. "This is going to grow into the most beautiful and magical flower," you declare without hesitation, and you truly believe it. 


As time passes, your family members and friends walk by the pot and say, "Don't be disappointed, it's only a dandelion. It's only an ordinary plant."
Eventually, your spirit and interest both die out, and so does the plant.
Meanwhile, you skip off to play with that shiny new toy everyone else seems to have.

The same thing happens to our hopes and dreams, unless we muster the strength to protect them.


"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
-Mark Twain 


Don't let anyone tell you that you can't, not even those closest to you.
You have to follow your heart, or risk wondering and regretting for the rest of your life,
"What if...?"


No one else truly understand the hopes and reactions inside your heart, except yourself. It's easy to be pulled and swayed by the strong opinions of others.
But what they say doesn't necessarily mean it has to be your truth.


Everyone has different needs and preferences in life, so it's hard to generalize.
But I think that more kids should be brought up with the mindset to reach for the "impossible" or not yet existing, to build and create and imagine... rather than to simply be told to follow some yellow brick road to guaranteed success in life. 


If you are only moving through the motions, going by someone else's formula, would you still be able to recall the feeling of pure joy and excitement at doing what you really love?


 Rather than measuring purely by amount of money, what about your relative richness - in the currency of happiness and sense of fulfillment in your life?


We only have one shot at this life, and the only thing we can't replace is time.