Lose your dreams, you will lose your mind

Yet another casualty and this time it is at the heart of European Union. There are disturbing scenes for anyone who tunes into the news channels or when surfing through the internet. While some have plenty on their plate to even think about it, many ask themselves, which place is a safe house in the times we live.

If there is one thing that is certain, it is the unpredictability of events irrespective of one’s geographical location. Media houses chart the list of happiest places in the world to live and go on to provide the fag end of the list. People strive hard to be in those ‘safe havens’ while chaos is being plotted parallely.

The question is, will we continue to live in that ‘safe-net’ forever? No annual holidays? No business visits? or even a unplanned getaway?

Each day, we make plans for the future and work towards it. By the end of the day, we might have compromised a thing or two about living our lives we dreamed growing up. Plans upon plans pile up while the simple pleasures appear to look silly, even though deep down, that’s precisely what we crave for.

All our plans lead to the road of survival. Some chose muddy paths while others prefer finer grades of concrete. A few can afford the luxury to avoid roads altogether while there are people who ride their fortunes for having survived a day.

We are bombarded by the precursors and the possible outcomes of global conflicts of varying nature. We debate among friends, colleagues about the veracity of events, policies, actions or lack of it. Thanks to the most evolved technology available to our finger tips, we are never far away from the news of disaster.

We can selectively choose. Can we turn it off completely?

Some choose to remain oblivious to what’s happening around, some choose to ignore it, some get confused and some get agitated. These gamut of emotions sums up the world we live in – where in spite of the ‘safest physical cocoon’ we can create, our minds are volatile and subconsciously introspect to be guarded. So we make more plans to secure ourselves.

Are we missing a point here?

In any case, here is what I have come to terms with having witnessed some of the global catastrophes in my lifetime.

Every generation had their own share of conflicts. Unless we can transport ourselves into the mindsets of previous generation, we cannot fully comprehend or show empathy to the affected. We can always try.

We can be never be truly ubiquitous – let’s accept the fact that we are limited by being an individual entity.

Confusions and dilemmas are part of our growth. In fact, they are essential for our evolution and play a key role in our learning and decision making abilities. Clarity is a journey not the destination.

There will always be responsibilities till our last breath. It is up to us, how we look at it, define it, face them and learn from it all.

And this was a game-changer for me:

Defining my dreams and being flexible about it; living my life, chasing after my dreams and taking time to remain still when I am tempted to be in perpetual motion to reach places. The aforementioned ‘keys’ are proving to be paramount.

The definition of ‘dream’ is subjective and idiosyncratic. And choosing to live my life with loved ones, paint it like an adventure irrespective of ‘complicated’ commitments are the simple remedies I am happy to have taken and I wish to take it moving forward.

I saw a Rolling Stones quote printed on a T-shirt that made sense – “Lose your dreams, you will lose your mind” and in a fragile and uncertain global world, working on our dreams continuously is not a bad option to consider.

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