By Poonye Angkush
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
The world is now more connected, and thus more people across transnational boundaries, coming from different walks of life, want to stand for something. Whether they seek happiness in achieving the austere minimum, or struggling to echo their names across the globe, they all have one thing imbibed in their minds: The willingness to dream.
To dream is human – In your mind, you are free. How human are you? Such as in your dreams?
Every passing moment bears testimony of new goals being set; endless rays of hope and foreordained rejuvenation. In the profundity of such a dimension of reality, emerged an infinite ocean of ideas, twirling together to produce thought-provoking themes.
Under this umbrella, the study of human choices and the re-questioning of conflicting philosophical ideologies cannot be isolated. Yet, our dreams tend to shatter for various reasons which cannot be deciphered so easily. At times we wrongly play our ace owing to unfavourable timing and place.
Our pace can also pose a threat to our goal if it is badly determined. Even so, some dreams still break despite our unflagging effort – in that case it is better to look for another opportunity rather than cogitating on what was missing in our dedication.
What actually holds us back is the dark, that is, the sense of rejection and dejection (among others) that we associate with ‘failure’. In an attempt to offset the dark, we can see ourselves as a swashbuckling pirate who is stuck in his boat in the middle of a deep ocean, and drawn into a maelstrom of chaotic weather conditions. Despite these obstacles, he must try to achieve his aim. He must find an island or a hidden treasure.
Let us put the question forward…
Just like the pirate has to deal with the sudden flashes of lethal lighting and teeming rain in order to get closer to his goal, what can we do on our side to positively deal with our dark zone?
Dare: The very first step is to dare ourselves. We should believe that we have the potential to step out of our comfort zone and to face new challenges so as to achieve something new.
Action: When we have already decided to dare, we must try our best to take the most effective and efficient actions that will aid us in getting closer to the aim. But we are not always going to opt for the best. And in that case, experimenting might be best.
Rebel: It is common that despite much perseverance we feel stuck on the starting line itself, or the obstacles keep on increasing. When that happens, it is advisable to stay firm because we never know if we are just a few feet away from the jackpot!
Knock: If it is meant to be a success, it definitely will be, and our obstacles would be knocked down completely at a given time. However, life is not a fairy tale and often we are knocked out even after umpteen trials. Then, it is better to let go and to look for new horizons.
The dark is vital
The dark is the only moment when we are completely alone without the support of our own shadow. It may help us to break free and to realize nobody owes us anything and that we are our own savior in the end. Lastly, it is completely justified to be racked by a mixture of feelings whenever things do not seem to be going as we had thought, but that should not stop us from moving.
After all, to dream is to be human.
About the author:
Poonye Angkush is 20 years old and stems from Mauritius Island. He is currently enrolled at the Charles Telfair Institute, pursuing his Curtin degree in accounting and finance. Poonye enjoys swimming and writing, and is a strong believer in the philosophy that ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’.
“I have always been interested in penning things that inspire me. I have published in The Mauritius Times, in the John Kennedy college school magazine, and on online blogs – The Elephant Journal and Voices of Youth. I sat for the Cambridge Higher School Certificate in 2013 and I have also completed my ACCA level one”.
You can contact Poonye by email here.