There is a common dream that people have where they are a spectator at a sporting event or musical performance. Suddenly something happens and it becomes necessary for them to become part of the game or performance. Inevitably in this dream state, the dreamer is successful in this unlikely circumstance and then they wake up.
Personally I’ve had different versions of this dream in the past. The only part that I dislike is the waking up. It’s obviously a spectacular fantasy with no basis in reality. Especially at my age, I’ll never make it as a professional soccer player and I don’t even play an instrument. The allure comes from the sudden and unexpected success. To go from zero to hero in the blink of an eyes is the dream of many.
The question that I have for myself today is “what if the waking up is the best part?” Maybe by waking up after that glimpse of impossible hope we could take a step forward in the real world. I’m never going to make it as a pro soccer player, this is true. However there are many other dreams that my inner spectator can move toward right now. But it’s not going to be a zero to hero moment. Very few things in life ever are and why should that be the goal to begin with? Most lottery winners end up bankrupt because they can’t handle the transition.
The spectator’s chance is in the waking up! Realizing that it won’t happen in a moment. And DOING IT ANYWAY!