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When did we stop dreaming? Is it fair to say the pockets of the world that spew toxic issues and stir hateful negativity are stealing from us our ability to reach beyond the here and now and dream, thoroughly dream with anticipation of a better moment? I recall conversations with friends and family about “the dream job” or “one day when I travel through Europe” and the hope and excitement that erupted within those conversations. It used to be that a young university student would count the days until graduation out of a growing desire to begin their new career, and now the focus is primarily on financial security, title, or promising benefits. I suppose I can only speak of what I see, and I must say that as a dreamer, I can sense that same energy in others, and I am meeting fewer dreamers with each passing year.

We are still human, and it is good for us to dream and hope and believe that we can always move forward and come up higher wherever we are in this world. It is what we are built for, and I think most of us have forgotten how to embrace that part of ourselves. People are natural visionaries, and we look to tomorrow with intent, and that is why dreaming is so important. The ability to create the possibility of the future we want is essential. A person dreams not because they are unhappy but because there is so much more to learn, experience, and discover. We all have this sliver of something in us that drives us forward and makes us believe we can accomplish what we set out to do.

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Unfortunately, I’m seeing more people pressing forward with effort and living life with a more defeated attitude these days. My heart goes out to people, and I hope the dreamer spirit is quickened once again as it is vital for us all. Regardless of what belief one aligns with, we can agree that no one is guaranteed tomorrow, so we only know the moment we are in, and we must treasure it, live it loudly, and dream, my friend, be forever a dreamer.