Let me ask you something real quick. It’s a question that came up in a conversation with my roommate (which believe me, happens a lotttt).
The question was this:
What’s meaningful to you?
Now to some, that might be a loaded question. It might take them an eternity to think about it and give you a confident response.
But to others, it might be a more simple question. Maybe they’ve always thought about it and can give you their answer within a matter of seconds.
Either way, I think we can all agree that the answer is different for everyone.
Family, friends, human connection, laughter, achievements. Those are all common answers.
No one answer is the same. Because life means something different to everyone.
But while life means something different to everyone, I know for a fact there’s one thing we can all agree upon. One meaningful thing we all share and have in common…
Yes, dreams. Your dreams, my dreams, your neighbor’s dreams. They all mean something.
Think about it for a second. Why do you get up every morning? Why do you go to work even when you don’t want to? Why do you spend time with loved ones and go on adventures of a lifetime?
Because in some way or another – even indirectly or without realizing it – they’re all a step toward achieving your dreams and goals in life.
Going to work everyday provides you a steady stream of income so you can pay for the things you want or need in life.
Going on fun adventures contributes to your overall happiness and mental health and leaves you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Waking up every morning allows you the opportunity to create something new, make new memories, learn new things…
It allows you the opportunity to continue following your dreams so someday you can live them.
And that means something.
Because the thing is, no matter what your dream is, no matter how big or small it may be, it gives you something to reach for. It gives you something to work toward each and every day of your life, even when you don’t realize it.
Dreams are the one thing that give life meaning. Life would quite literally be meaningless without them.
Whether you dream of having a fancy car or food to eat. Whether you dream of having a big house or a roof over your head. Whether you dream of spending time with family or finding a companion, I think we can all agree these are the things that give meaning to life.
Well, they help you grow into the person you want to become. They shape who you are and help you evolve into something better than you can even imagine.
And that, my friend, is why I’m so fascinated by dreams.
Because life is just constant evolution, change, and growth. And dreams are the vessel that help you get there.
Once you’ve “achieved” one, there’s always going to be another to reach for, shaping you into something greater than before.
Let’s look at an example:
There are few people who come back from rock bottom and make it to the top. While uncommon, it does happen.
And in these situations, it’s the dream that keeps them going. Whether that’s a burning desire to get back on their feet, a vision of becoming a successful entrepreneur, or just praying to make it through the next day, their dream is the thing that gets them there.
It’s the thing that takes them from the bottom of the valley to the top of the mountain. It’s the thing that helps them evolve and grow into the person they knew they could become.
Because for whatever reason it was, that dream meant something to them.
One small dream led to another and another and another… until finally, they turned around and realized how far they’d come.
That’s growth and evolution. That’s life in its simplest form.
So when you look at it that way, do you start to see how dreams have the power to change the world?
I sure hope so.
Look, there’s a reason I end every one of these with the phrase “never stop dreaming.”
Because the world is a better place with your dreams. In fact, the world is a better place when you chase those dreams and then live them out.
Then do it all over again once you’ve achieved that. Then again.
And again. And again. And again, and again, and again…
Until you’ve changed the world by changing yourself.
And if you ask me, I’d say that’s one hell of a meaningful life.
Never stop dreaming,
❓This Week’s Question
What’s one thing that’s meaningful to you in life?
Feel free to reply to this email with your response. I’d love to hear!
💭 This Week’s Quote
“With realization of your own potential and self-confidence in your ability, you can build a better world.”
- Dalai Lama
📚 This Week’s Resource
Yes, dreams take time to come true. There’s a lot more to it than just hoping and praying. But it all starts with taking things one step at a time like the above article details. Give it a read and let me know what you think!