a little east of reality

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

welcome to hollywood, what's your dream?

Quote of the week comes from Andrew (and in fact from last week). After describing a truly amazing live music experience, he gave this summary:
So, yeah. The trip was more than two great concerts; it was, frankly, life-affirming. I almost didn’t go at all: the trip was short, expensive, and foolish, and I had neither the time nor the money. But I learned that if your dreams aren’t ridiculous, then they aren’t dreams at all; they’re just expectations, filled automatically by life’s gears turning. Other people might think that going to Japan for two concerts in three days is ridiculous, but other people can go to Hell. Your dreams are yours and you must protect them, because no one else will do it for you.
Wise. "...they’re just expectations, filled automatically by life’s gears turning" I truly never thought of it that way, but it's true. There are so many things I can achieve in this life just by letting things run their course. But the actual dreams, the things properly defined as dreams, don't happen that way. Because they are in some aspect ridiculous in your current context, they require shifting paradigms, commitment to new experiences and sacrifice in order to gather resources. And I like that the dream he's talking about was not some major feat, years in the making, but simply a one-off experience he really wanted to have. He watched his favourite artist's creative process unfold in front of him ~ something any fan would crave and few will ever have the chance to witness. Wow.

What's your dream right now? Today, on the first day of November (NaNoWriMo month) my desire to write a novel has resurfaced sharply. Luckily (for NNWM purposes) I have a concept for which I've done some character outlines and thinking about plot, but no actual writing. 50,000 words in one month...yeah, I'm thinking that's ridiculous enough.
Some dreams come true, some don't, but don't stop dreamin' . . .