You're A Dreamer, So What?

You're A Dreamer, So What?

We have high hopes, long-lived desires that may only sit in our hearts, unheard of to anyone but ourselves. There's no shame in wanting to chase those "what if's" and find your “Great Perhaps," whatever it may be.

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This one is for the dreamers.

The artists, visionaries, creators, and innovators.

From the sappy romantics to the star-eyed, silver lining searchers.

The ones who think with their heart and use their head to imagine a world unlike no other.

You're a dreamer, your mind may be up in the clouds and your feet slightly off the ground, but nonetheless, you are here.

Where is "here?" Well, there's no actual answer to that. You're the passion-sparker among your crowd. You help inspire people to reach for something just outside their grasp.

You're here: A place where life isn't just black and white, but vivid shades of fuchsia, turquoise, and gold.

The term "dreamer" may sound too child-like, but if it wasn't for those people, we wouldn't have made half of the discoveries known today. You don't necessarily have to fit into just one category, most of us don't, we're also realists and doers. Yet it's that little flame that connects us to the one thing we all have in common: We could all use a bit of hope.

That bit of hope manifests itself in millions of ways: It's picturing yourself on a long-awaited vacation or working towards a career you've always adored. Even as simple as imagining yourself accomplish a daunting task.

Granted, sometimes we tend to dance along the line of realistic and unlikely, but what's the shame in not wanting to settle?

Maybe we daydream about falling in love. Maybe the possibility of publishing a piece of work and "making it" is the last thing you think of before bed. Or of breaking past precedents and doing something uncommon and unheard of to those around you.

If that's the case, well, accept it or not, you're a dreamer, just like the rest of us.

We think, reason, delegate, but most importantly: We hope.

We hope for the best, for the future, and for the unknown, that it may greet us with everything we've ever wanted and more.

Having dreams and aspirations for ourselves keeps us light, it keeps us anchored in a world where not everything is "cherries on top," a place where it can be easy to get caught up in the black and white and forget about all those other wonderful colors.

It's good to stay level-headed and aware that some things may not be completely achievable, however, sometimes having your head in the clouds does just the trick for breaking outside of the box of what we already know.

Those dreamers are scattered all across history. From Aristotle, to Edison, to Jobs, to Gates, to Disney, they've existed since the beginning of time. People probably thought they were odd for having different ideas, did that stop them?

All those people were dreamers, and there's millions more out there, that includes you. Call it cliche, call it sappy, but sometimes we deserve a lot more credit than what we give ourselves. While it may not be envisioning some earth-shattering idea, we're out here changing the world, changing OUR world with each galaxy-filed thought that comes our way, and isn't that what matters the most?

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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People Need To Calm Down About Taylor Swift Being An LGBTQ+ Ally

She is trying to support her LGBTQ+ friends and fans, and people are still finding a reason to hate on her for it.

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Recently, Taylor Swift dropped her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down", and it wasn't what anyone expected. It's clearly a song about haters out there, whether they are her haters or just haters in general. Her whole message is about how it's a waste of time to hate on someone else for no reason.

Taylor decided to take the message of the song even further and apply it to the LGBTQ community, and a message to all of the homophobes out there who are wasting their time hating on people for simply being in love and being happy with who they are. One of the most memorable lines of the songs proves this, where she sings that "shade never made anybody less gay".

People loved many things about this single dropping, specifically the timing of it. Not only was it dropped during Pride Month, but it was also dropped on Donald Trump's birthday. Coincidence? I think not.

Taylor has made it very clear how much she supports the LGBTQ community, and she brought a lot of LGBTQ people into her music video, including Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley Kiyoko, and many more. She was even repping the colors of the bisexual flag with her wig in the majority of the song.

Not only that, but Taylor has been using her platform for a more political purpose. She posted on Instagram not too long ago a letter that she wrote to a senator explaining why the Equality Act should be passed when it goes before the Senate. She encouraged her followers to write to their senators, too.

At the end of her music video, she also included a link to her petition for Senate support of the Equality Act. She knows how many people watch her videos and follow her on Instagram, and she is using that platform to reach out to as many people as she can to support this great bill that affects the LGBTQ community, something that she obviously supports.

However, people are still managing to find a reason to hate on her. Some claim that she's trying to hard to be a part of the community somehow by singing about it. Some say that she is just trying to create a "gay anthem" to stay relevant or to look for attention.

To all those people: you need to calm down. Taylor is just showing her support for her friends and fans that are a part of the LGBTQ community.

She showed that not only by asking so many iconic and famous members of the community to be in this video, but also by encouraging her fans and followers to sign the petition for the Equality Act.

Therefore, she's not just another ally that claims their support for the LGBTQ community by posting about it online during Pride month, she's actually attempting to do something about it. She's sending a strong message, and she's also trying to make a difference in the political world as well.

Of course she's going to use her very large platform and her place in the music industry to express her beliefs on real-world issues. Why wouldn't she? She's trying to actually change things, so people need to stop hating on her for it.

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