February 6, 2024

Why The World Hates Dreamers

<a href="https://bigdreamtheory.com/author/bigdreamtheorykcd/" target="_self">Bobby L. Mitchell</a>

Bobby L. Mitchell

Founder & Dreamer

Everyone has a dream. Whether large or small, we all have them.

For years, we dreamed of being painters, actors, rappers, and CEOs, but many of us have let our dreams go over time. That’s understandable. It’s much easier on ourselves and the world if we choose not to step out on faith and cross into unfamiliar and dangerous territory to pursue these dreams. If we’re being honest in today’s society, we reward the conformers and penalize the dreamers.

Why, you ask? Simple, it’s because we, as dreamers, are rebels. We are the misfits and disruptors. In essence, we are non-conformists. We are constantly looking for a way out of the boxes society fights tooth and nail to keep us trapped in. When a dreamer finally sets themselves free through hard work, ingenuity, and sheer willpower, they become an example to other dreamers looking to escape the matrix.

And this is exactly what the world at large doesn’t want.

They don’t want us to be dreamers, doers, thinkers. They would much rather have us be content with a life of mediocrity and underachievement. To remain within the confines of what is acceptable for the status quo rather than reaching our highest potential.

The Societal Impact and Personal Realization

In the words of the late great rapper Tupac Shakur, “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” The harsh reality is dreamers are punished for dreaming. From an early age, our dreams are beaten out of us by those who don’t understand, whether that’s our parents, friends, classmates, neighborhood, or society. We are constantly told what we can’t do and can’t be.

As kids, we dreamed of becoming presidents, astronauts, and even race car drivers, but as we grew older, we were laughed at, discouraged, and ridiculed every time we brought this up. We were looked down upon and called crazy for having dreams at all. We were told to be practical, go to school, get a degree, find a decent job, and work hard until you can retire with a pension or 401k. That’s the one-size-fits-all plan we are handed. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t feel like the life of a dreamer. It feels more like the life of someone who has given up on their dreams and is trying to convince you to do the same.

I’m not going to lie. For years, decades even, I was convinced. I fell into the trap. It wasn’t until I was fired from a good-paying job at a well-known startup that I realized I wasn’t living my dream. I was living someone else’s. The 60-hour work weeks, giving up my nights and weekends to help the company reach IPO, meant nothing to the higher-ups when it was time to let me go in the mass round of layoffs.

At that point, it clicked: why build someone else’s dream when we are on this planet to create our own?

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

Tony Gaskins

Dreamers are hated by many, but where would this world be without them? There would be no Martin Luther King Jr., Kobe Bryant, Jean Michel-Basquait, or Maya Angelou. Instead, we would be in a world overflowing with cynics who settle and complain about the status quo but aren’t willing to do anything to change it. What scares society the most about dreamers is that dreamers represent possibilities. One person reaching for and achieving their dreams can turn a nonbeliever into a believer. Change a procrastinator to a chaser.

A dreamer gives communities hope when things appear to be hopeless. That’s the beauty of being a dreamer. We see past what is to what could be. Without dreamers, this world would be soulless. Just a bunch of mindless robots plugged into the matrix doing what they are told.

Ask yourself, what kind of life is that? If you ask me, it’s not much of one.

The Dreamer’s Journey and Choice

Even while the world is against us, we must keep dreaming.

We have to show society that there are no limits and that dreamers can accomplish anything we put our minds to. This journey we’re embarking on is not for the weak. It’s not for the ones who lack heart and mental fortitude. Trust me when I say it’s a lonely path filled with a plethora of obstacles. Dreamers have to deal with stress, depression, anxiety, doubt, fear, pain, and failures, sometimes all at once.

But for a dreamer, it’s all worth it. Choosing your path will always be greater than being told which path to take.

At the end of the day, we are left with two choices: give into societal pressures, avoid taking risks, play small, and fall in line, or go after our dreams by any means necessary.

Which one will you choose?

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