Dreams. Everyone has them. Some people dream big, of things like fame, fortune, fairy-tale romances. Other people dream small, of things like a new car, retirement. Everyone has a dream for themselves and what the future may hold.
As a child, I always dreamed of being a famous writer. I dreamed of being a best seller novelist or an award winning journalist. That dream died out in high school when I had my journalist teacher embarrass me in front of the class, calling me and my writing garbage. I tried my best, but my best wasn’t good enough.
It’s amazing how easy someone can crush a person’s dream. Perhaps I just wasn’t strong enough to stomach the criticism that was thrown at me. I always knew I wasn’t the best writer, but I had hoped that the person who was a teacher would teach me a thing or two to help me improve. However, I was wrong and the only thing I learned was to give up on a dream. Silly me, right?
I have always had other dreams, of course, but writing was always number one. Maybe I shouldn’t have given up so easily because of one teacher. He wasn’t even that good of a teacher, but it still hurt that someone would tear me down so quickly and easy. At the age of 15 years old, it must have been to much for someone like me.
I no longer reach for the stars in my dreams; instead, I play it safe and keep it more realistic. Currently, my dream is to get back into school and figure out what to do for my future. Once I accomplish that, then I can dream of other things, slightly bigger things.
Just remember how you talk to a person when discussing their dreams. Rather than crush their dream, support them, and if able, help them fulfill their dreams. You never know what a person is capable of before they are even given the chance to try. Sometimes, they may amaze you.