Dream seems real yet lucid. It’s realness lies in the fact that the subject of our dream, whose presence can easily provoke a sense of familiarity and relatability that we all are accustomed to. Its lucidity creates a mirror effect, which is responsible for engendering our sadness, because what we “see” is so tangible yet it is impossible for us to experience it in its entirety with all of our senses.
We are all encouraged to dream, ever since we were little babies. Oftentimes, we are taught the importance of dreaming, but are not all given the necessary tools and knowledge to shield ourselves effectively from suffering and hurt in the case of our field of gold becomes a field of ruin. As people, who are programmed to chase a dream, we can only depend on ourselves to go through trial and tribulation in the hopes of self-inventing a mechanism of self-protection in times of the inevitable setback.
Many dream chasers self-describe as alone ranger, because their outlandish conviction and belief in their dream can never be fully understood by others.
What is your nature? Decent, good and one of a kind? What is my nature? I would say that generous, timid and sensitive. Mother Nature is all those things and more, because Mother Nature is all encompassing and omnipresent. Mother Nature is never stagnant. She is always changing. Does this fundamental truth also suggest that our human nature also changes as we go through different phases in life? I am not sure.
What I am sure of is that, collectively speaking, human nature is good. We all have this innate desire to help each other grow and prosper. That being said, we also have a tendency to judge, to stereotype, to be jealous of and to even exclude those that we consider different, foreign and unconventionally normal, whether or not we are brave enough to admit it.
In recent years, I have heard this particular adage countless times. If you can dream it, you can achieve it, because you are in control of your own life. Really? Although I don’t want to underestimate the human optimism embedded in our nature; as uplifting and self-empowering as this claim can be; however, I do, at times, question its feasibility. Like Mother Nature, life is unpredictable. Just like Mother Nature, life is not always under our control. As seasons change, we may be presented with unforeseen challenges, which have potential to turn our life path into resembling a bumpy roller-coaster ride. As much as we like to get our life mapped out, we all know that, a lot of times, many events in life unfold and blossom on their own terms.
Harry Potter authoress J.K. Rowling once said in her commencement speech, delivered to the Harvard graduates of 2008, ” talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates. Your acquisition, your CV is not your life. Life is difficult, complicated and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.”
Just like us, nature is beautiful. Just like us, nature is nurturing. Just like us, nature is serene. And, just like us, nature is moody. Mother Nature is a reflection of us and we are a reflection of Mother Nature; a delicate co-dependency that exists in a mysterious intricacy.