"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream."
Vincent Van Gogh
Dreams are part of life. You really can't live a life without bumping into a few dreams here and there. But thing is, what is a dream? The word "Dream" itself, means different things. People have dreams about who they want to be, who they want to be with, and where they want to live. There are dream houses and there are dream jobs. Why there are even "dreamboats."
In this sense, you could say that a dream is like a goal. People have goals, people have dreams. So what would your life be without any dreams? Probably not as much fun. A dream then is an aspiration. And it is generally thought that if you work very hard and don't give up, you can achieve your dreams. It is about putting in the effort, getting ahead, or maybe winning.
Dreams are also removed from life. Dreams happen when you are sleeping. They can be a nightly distraction from your day, a forbidden fantasy where rules don't apply, or an intimate communication with your soul. And they can also be a mysterious vision into the unknown that can inspire new thought and move you into a feeling of the sublime. Dreams are a time outside of time.
Dreaming at night while you are sleeping is a different kind of dream than a dream of achieving a goal. And yet is it? Why do we have the same name for two seemingly different things? Because maybe they are not so different. Dreams are aspirations, but they are also inspirations. Inspirational dreams and aspirational dreams are two sides of the same coin.
I find this way of looking at dreaming exciting. Finding the inspiration outside of time and space: something that speaks directly to my soul. And then moving forward with it as an aspiration. So rather than my dream being a dream of achievement, it is a connection to something more. And there is a possibility of a chance encounter with my soul.
The great works of art and architecture throughout history are the products of inspiration. They certainly didn't make practical or economic sense at the time of their creation. And yet someone pursued their dream, and had a connection to something inspiring that they brought forth. And when we see the result, we feel inspired too. So to conclude, if I may ask, are your dreams inspiring you? If not, it may be time to dream a new dream.
Kenneth Jones, Founder of InVision