To dream or not to dream….

Summer daze!
Impressions of Summer – to dream or not to dream?

To dream or not to dream, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous achievement oriented living or to take up arms and learn to daydream!

OK, so I’ve taken a bit of literary license there and changed the words slightly but this is an old chestnut of mine. You see, certainly in my school days, we were all encouraged to go for academic subjects and achieve results, pass exams, get the best possible job etc etc. If you were caught not focussing properly, you were told very firmly to ‘stop daydreaming’. That practice was specifically discouraged. And I think that to a large degree it is still the same with our education system today – it is all about results and achievement!

In working life, it was the same. Get yourself a career, a trade, get promoted, aim for the top, earn money, buy as big a house as you can, have a decent car – that was the whole focus of life. In fact, it seems sometimes that the whole of life is about money – Brexit for instance seems to be all about the economy. Well, for me it doesn’t work!

The trouble is, after a lifetime of achievement orientated education and career, it becomes part of you and affects your whole life and you are the poorer for it. When you hit retirement age for instance and you stop trying to achieve, you lose your way. Suddenly you have nothing to aim for any more so you lose direction. It was less of an issue for me because I have many interests and I am active, but I have friends who don’t really have hobbies or outside interests so for them, retirement comes with the feeling, ‘What am I going to do with my time, I’ll have nothing to aim for’?

So, to dream or not to dream? Yes, definitely dream – dreaming and using the imagination is a vital part of education and life, and should be encouraged from childhood. Change the emphasis, its not all about achieving. Its not all about competing! There is more to life than money, there is more to this world than the economy! Of course, the economy is important but so is the environment and a thousand and one other things. If children, and adults, can be encouraged to use their imagination, to daydream, and get away from the restricted life-view imposed by the world, then it will become a better place for all. It will open up a whole world of possibilities!

And, who knows, you may just approach your life…….and retirement…….differently, and become much more fulfilled!

Thanks for visiting Time to Reflect and for reflecting with me.

Until next time.

(All words and pictures on this site are copyright of Terry Yarrow and must not be reproduced without permission)


  1. Great thought provoking post. Who is to say that what we do with the outside of existence is more important than the inside? I think seeing things through more of a dreaming lens is sometimes vital. I dislike the fact that we are encouraged to dream when we are children and positively discouraged from doing it when we are adults.

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