We humans have a vivid imagination, which leads to us dreaming about things, objects, goals, people, places, and experiences; generally a combination of these. Now when I talk about dreams I mean the concious “dreams & aspirations” you make up over the course of your life. We go on about our daily lives tucking away one dream at a time in our mental bucket-list of sorts.
Dreams & aspirations for me are my primary source of motivation and they fuel my inner fire🔥. However, it is the the same dreams that make me feel crushed, defeated, miserable and make my life feel hopeless when I fail to fulfil them. They are a double-edged sword, but in my opinion there is one very good reason to have them in your life:
You CANNOT “just not have them”; Dreams are a part of The Human Condition.
Now why am I rambling about “dreams” so much, well it is because I fulfilled one of my loooong stashed away dreams. One that made home in my brain when I was a teenager… NO, I’m not going where you think I’m going 😉😄
Today I signed off on the delivery of my First Ever Car…!!!
<Roll the audio of roaring claps fading into slow sarcastic claps>
Let me explain… In 2012, I started understanding about the impact humans are having on Climate Change. Understanding the situation I vowed to never buy a car. Little did I realize I was living in beautiful and magnificient country of Finland. She is right up there, where the Arctic circle passes on your globe/map in Northern Europe. She gets a lot of snow, rain and presents to its dwellers some very cold days & nights. I was very fortunate that here our public transportation is reliable and the cities plan bicyle paths.
Flash forward to 2020, I turned 30 🎉 🥳 this year, had a baby 👨👩👦 in the spring, and had been peddling 🚴♂️ my way around the city for a little over 8 years now. In the new circumstances it made the best sense to surrender to the fossil-fuel driven monsters 🚘. I thought I wasn’t in a position to maintain an EV or a PHEV, (now in hindsight I really was, I just didn’t realize it at the time). So we went with a vanilla (pun intended) Audi that feeds on gasoline. Here, my goal was to go for an engine that has a better carbon footprint (low on emissions and a decent mileage).
I did feel bad for the first couple of days of owning it (due to the impact of my new choice on climate). But one day, while driving down to the grocery store, it hit me that “I finally did it!”. You see, when I was a teen, in one of the Car magazines, I was awed by the elegance of an Audi (probably A4), then on a family vacation to Europe (in my late teens), with my brother we would go gaga over seeing the Audi TTs, and various S- and RS- trims. It was like a “close-to-impossible” dream for me in those years to even think about ever owning one in my life.
But as time would have it, that dream would keep me going day-to-day, inching me one step closer to realizing it.
Fulfilling that dream made me a happy man, made my wife happy and as a bonus keeps my baby warm when we’re out-and-about. Now while driving every so often I am reminded of this little accomplishment and it puts a smile on my face.
And that is my 2 cents folks; Have dreams, cause they’ll do their job in the background and keep you going.