In the days surrounding Independence Day, I found myself asking, "What does it mean to be free to dream?"
Does freedom to dream mean having no time constraints or financial pressures? To be to free dream, must you be able to call all your own shots, controlling when and how you are going to do something? Apparently that’s not what it means to be free to dream, because, after all, how many of us have unlimited time and money?
Does freedom to dream mean not having any conflicting voices telling you why you cannot or should not do something? Seeing that we are exposed to hundreds of messages each day attempting to influence us, freedom to dream must not be all about peace and quiet, either.
None of these factors needs to restrict our freedom to dream. Whether you’re young or old, affluent or struggling or somewhere in between, dreaming comes down to a choice. The key is to make that choice. In the words of American novelist Henry David Thoreau: "If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Go for it!