Make Your Dreams Your Reality

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When many of us go to sleep at night, we hope for a good dream.  A dream that allows us to escape from the reality of everyday life.  For some, it means ponies and rainbows, while, for others, it means rock star status.  But, then again, some of the best dreams are usually the ones that feel the most real.  They’re the dreams that when you wake up you question if it was all real or not.  They’re the ones that reflect the things you really want out of life.  The perfect job.  That great relationship.  A moment of peace.

Sometimes you do get that good dream you wanted.  Sometimes you want to go back to sleep and continue that beautiful story you had been hoping for, but is this right?  Should we be looking at sleep as the home of what we wish could be?  Why is it that our sloth dominates us enough to only let us dream and nothing else?  Is this acceptable?  I don’t think so.

Rather than laying in bed each morning, contemplating what you want to do as you savor the fantasies you briefly got to taste, you should get up and make your plans real.  Create something tangible that you can look at with genuine happiness and pride.  Why not actually fulfill your dreams and satisfy your life long passion?  Instead of only hoping for something great to happen, why not make something great happen?

But I must admit that I haven’t always had this mentality.  Until recently, I did a lot of planning and talking, but not enough doing.  However, life happened and I came to the realization that if you want something great to happen, you have to make something great happen.  In other words, you have to be willing to put in the time and effort to make your dream a reality because nobody else is going to do it for you.  Life doesn’t just settle how you want it to unless you do something about it.

So the next time you’re laying in bed with only the vague images from your sweet dream in your mind, use that fading feeling as the reason to start your day.  Wanting that dream to be your reality should be plenty of motivation for you to get up.  You have to want to hold on to that good feeling, in order to make it tangible and everlasting.  If that dream is really what you want your reality to be, get up and make it happen.  If that dream really isn’t what you want, then why are you wasting time in bed thinking about it?

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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