Published: 01st June 2020
Can this big dream actually come true? How dreams can be sometimes fulfilling or become a disappointment
While dreams are what tend to propel a large number of successful people to achieve great things in life, sometimes they can be quite depressing, can be seen as a sign of good (or bad) things to come
To sleep — perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause
— William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English dramatic poet, Hamlet
Mondays are special, like the last one (May 25, 2020), when on waking up at 5 am to a daily alarm, I rushed to the basement of my cottage to check on the response of readers from Edex. While going to sleep last night, my foremost thought was about sending the topic-essay to Edex. Yet, I ignored the alarm and curled myself in bed and went back to sleep. It was 6 am when I woke up again. In the interim, I had a dream which is the subject of this topic-essay. A footnote here is that, while dreams are what tend to propel a large number of successful people to achieve great things in life, sometimes dreams can be quite depressing, can be seen as a sign of good (or bad) things to come and have also been known to keep people awake for large amounts of time while trying to figure out why they had the dreams they had.
Anyway, coming back to this great dream of mine. In the dream, in one sector of the actual line of control between India and Pakistan, Pakistani troops had infiltrated deep into Indian territory and suffered heavy casualties inflicted by the Indian side. In another sector, Indian troops had advanced deep into Pakistan’s territory and had suffered heavy casualties inflicted by their soldiers. The firing, the shells, the loss of life, the carnage... all of it leaving a trail of death and destruction in its stormy wake. But enough of all this desolation.
Then the dream took a different turn. The guns stopped blazing in both sectors and Pakistani and Indian fighters went out to rescue and retrieve their respective fighters from the battle scenes. Lo and behold! Both sides found that their wounded soldiers had been carefully treated and bandaged — and well-fed — and properly rested in the best way possible within the constraints of a battlefield setting. The mere thought of such bonhomie, rare as it is in times such as these, was fulfilling on so many levels. End of dream.
I end offering to readers, mainly students and young people, the following dream-related message from Paulo Coelho (b 1947), Brazilian lyricist and novelist: “Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.”