With the stars still out, I walked the ridgeline trail this morning. I paused near two giant trees, and a question arose – Why don't dreams come true? Not the most exciting idea on a Monday morning when the week is full of possibilities.
Creatives and leaders I know don't have the problem of working on their dreams. If anything, they begin too much. And once they start their idea, it becomes its own thing. They invite people to work on their idea, and it transforms from a dream into a shared vision. It's not that dreams don't come true - they change.
If you don't work on your dreams but hang on to them, they reside in the place of wishes. There is a danger that wish dreams can make a person bitter or overly nostalgic – oh, I thought of that back in the day. These are unchanged dreams.
Professional creatives practice letting go of ideas they won't invest in. They can look back with excitement when others bring these dreams to life. Avoiding envy takes a good amount of self-deception.
In this way, we all lose our dreams—either into the fog of wishes or in farming them to life.
You may wonder how I know any of this. Well, I've lost a lot of dreams to both the fog and the farm - and I know I'd instead make something that fails then hang on to a wish that holds me back.
Possibility is calling me to go. I walk the ridgeline trail back to my car as the mountains begin to make their shape known.