May the 14th Be With You

Image: Nelly Volkovich via Unsplash

Image: Nelly Volkovich via Unsplash

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.”

– American director, producer, and screenwriter George Lucas was born on this day in 1944.

Throughout history dreams have always been with us. They tell us the future. They warn us. They frighten us. They comfort us.

But the dreams that may be the most powerful are the dreams of what we want to do, who we want to be, where we want to go.

There are those who say “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

I don’t know about that.

I can imagine myself thin and tanned, and living in a Caribbean island.

I suppose right now I could do that. But I’d be thin because I couldn’t afford food and tanned because I couldn’t afford a roof.

Not all dreams have happy endings.

And, the reality is that dreams often take work.

You can imagine yourself a great painter or a concert pianist. But if you don’t paint every day (or I should possibly say write) or if you don’t practice every day you’ll never reach your dream.

I had dreams when I was younger that I know will never come true. They might have it I had worked at them. But I can only imagine that they were never really important enough for me to apply the discipline needed.

So, I had to give them up. And, for the most part, I don’t regret that.  Well, not all the time.

Although I wouldn’t snark at that whole Caribbean scenario.

If you were around when Star Wars first hit the scene you know it rocked our world. In many ways, it still does.

That was a pretty big dream Lucas had.

Your dream, and mine, may not be that big.

But that doesn’t mean they’re impossible, so to speak.

And it doesn’t matter what your dream is. Dream it. Work for it.

Three years ago at this time I had just been cast to play Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Dogwood Dell. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was a dream role.

Just like Joseph says, any dream will do.


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