'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
La La Land. The Greatest Showman. Recent movies like these have been sweeping the nation; notions of glamour, goals, dreams achieved in spectacular ways have been attracting millions of crowds to flock to the theaters and watch repeatedly; even to just sing along.
Why is America so obsessed with achieving dreams? Especially those that are lofty, almost unreachable; in many ways seemingly impossible?
The history of the American Dream (in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success) dates back to the 19th century, when Germans fled to the New World from their failed revolution, when the famous California Gold Rush attracted a hundred thousand instant wealth seekers, and when the American frontier continued to expand to where it is today (Wikipedia). Immigrants have always sought out America—the Land of Opportunity—as a means to have a chance at prosperity and success.
But why are humans so obsessed with the achievement of success; in however ways they understand success to be?
I believe that we, as humans created in God’s image, were always meant to strive for excellence. From the beginning of the creation, Abel chose to give his finest crop to God. Philippians 4:8 says this,
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
We are meant to always meditate on the higher things. Motivation and imagination have always been the driving force of innovation and progress. This is also where passion is born.
Now what happens when we refuse to excel, go forward, or progress?
Just how gloating and daydreaming, and passionate pursuit exist, so does the opposite; like the ever-so popular hobby, simping.
SIMPING: THE OPPOSITE OF PROGRESS
Why do we simp?
No, not just to ride long car rides and listen to sentimental music while thinking of the good old days.
This is my hypothesis: we love to simp because it is an action of trying to reassure ourselves that it is fine to be without.
If you can’t get it, why try so hard? Just lie low and good vibes.
^That is probably the most simplified motivation of simping that I can think of.
Forget urban dictionary; which only tells of the what, this is the why.
Simping is probably the opposite of progress. Moping around and pondering about what could have been, or what could be, instead of doing anything about it.
So where am I going with this blog post?
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
I guess I just want to say this: if you have dreams, pursue them!
Instead of thinking wandering thoughts of what could be, or what could have been, go for it!
We as humans were all created uniquely; with unique meanings of success in each of our hearts. Success to you doesn’t equal success to me.
Success is not always about elevating to a greater position of status, money, or title. It is about what you perceive as progress for your own life toward your own aspirations.
We are all able to glorify God in different ways. Of course, He doesn’t have to use us for each of these fields that we have in mind. But I am confident that He wants to, yet He can’t unless we give Him the opportunity to use us in these different fields. Therefore, go for it! A Million Dreams is all it’s gonna take.