I had an interesting discussion with my daughter the other day about those who dare to dream and those who do not. We have both sprinkled throughout our family, and as I tried to explain to her, you need both. It plays to what I have said before about leaders and followers, you can’t have one without the other because the result would be complete chaos.
I can’t remember how we began our discussion but it had to do with favorite actors and writing. As you’ll recall, I’ve had a ton of ideas lately for possible television shows and she was encouraging me to write the script for one of them and to cast two of her favorite actors. Once I had given her the basic outline, she decided she’d like to be in the show as well. I quickly came up with a character she could relate to and soon we had her entire future all planned out. It was fun. Perhaps not grounded in reality, but all of the things we discussed were possible. Highly unlikely, but possible, and it’s from possibilities that you can rearrange and rework things in order to make them more probable.
At one point she looked up at me and told me she’s glad we are dreamers because you have to dream in order to remain positive, especially when times are rough. She doesn’t have the iphones, ipods and “i” everything else that most of her friends have but she has the ability to imagine that she will and that’s worth a lot. Overall, it makes her a very happy child and for that I’m grateful. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t foresee a brighter future and I’m glad that, if nothing else, I have passed that on to her.
I am going to sell more books, and who knows, I might even sell a T.V. pilot or film someday, and the fact that I’m not yet sure how I’ll do it is not going to slow me down.
So tell me, which are you? The dreamer or the realist?