Publicado en: 07 de Marzo de 2007
I got up, not knowing if I was awake or not. Around me laid an unrecognizable world, full of life and color, and with the soothing sounds of nature. Far from where I rested were some children laughing, and I started to feel envious of their happiness.
I realized it was a dream, because I felt happy too, and for no reason. It appeared as though the world had decided to make a fresh start, letting us be a part of it, instead of surviving dominating beings upon it.
I suddenly began to cry out of the joy of being alive, of having the opportunity to see what the world would be if we just let it. No war, no violence, a complete respect for life, human or not, and the knowledge that there was a particular reason for each thing to be as it was.
Then I woke up, and it was extremely hard for me to forget what I had just seen. I tried to close my eyes back to my dream, but it was no use; I was back. It came to me then, that what I had just lived should have not been a fantasy. If I dreamed it, it must be possible.
Wouldn’t you like to live in a world where there were no wars? Wouldn’t you love to see mothers looking forward to having their children, instead of killing them like homicides would do? Wouldn’t it be incredible to see life being respected as the main value to every single being?
I have the right to dream of a better world, a more human one, in which love prevails over hate, where freedom really exists, where men and women from the entire sphere are considered equal in rights and duties. Thus, I have the duty to fight for this dream, to make my life rest on it being accomplished.
As the French writer Anaïs Nin established once, “Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stem the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living”. That way, our life is surrounded by dreams, because, as many people claim, we are God’s greatest dream. The problem lies inthe application of our dreams.
Throughout time, we have become more skeptical when it comes to putting our dreams into action. We have learnt that there is nothing we can do to change the way things are, and we are just puppets of our own play. But that, from my point of view, is a mediocre perspective, since it leads us to not worrying about the outcome of our life, and that way, no sense in living it.
According to Albert Einstein, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”. I might add that a life dreamed for others is a real life. If we start to think, not only about what we are here for, but how we can use our capabilities to join others in a common cause of life preservation, we probably wouldn’t be facing global warming issues or nuclear war threats among us.
What is life without a dream to hold? What are dreams if there is no one volunteering to take them into reality? Time has come to consider what good we are fostering on our kids. It is time to re-think our sense of living, from an individualistic lifestyle, to a selfless thought, from saving our own skin, to looking into others.
It is through dreams that we might find a way to keep ourselves inside this planet. A great dreamer, Anatole France once said that “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe”.
Ana María Porrúa es alumna del octavo semestre de la Licenciatura en Comunicación con pre-especialidad Organizacional en la Universidad del Mayab.Su correo electrónico es: [email protected]