The Power of Dreama-tion!
Do you remember the last time when you were taught to dream? They teach you about gravitational pull of earth, rotation of planets, differentiation of tanX, capitalization of interests, fertilization of ovum and sperms, reproduction, tion…tion…and so many ‘tions’. But have you been taught about ‘Dreama-tion’? I bet you’ve not, because there is no such word. But I’ve added ‘Dreamation’ to my personal dictionary, where this words stands for –‘’process of dreaming”.
All of us dream, but not in the same way. Most of us dream at night, in the dusty and dark recesses of our minds, only to wake up in the morning and realize it was vanity. But there are some dangerous creatures, who are dreamers of the day, they may act out their dream with open eyes, but they dream to make it possible. What kind of dreamer are you?
I personally remember the time when I truly believed that I would grow up to be a truly worthless person. I wasn’t bad at academics. I performed well in extra-curricular activities too, yet I harbored my conscience with negative thoughts. Maybe because… No, I am hell sure; it was because I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. I didn’t know the actual reason of my presence on the densest planet of the solar system, and I didn’t know why I have been created amongst 7.5 Billion people.
Whenever I travel on my train of thoughts and look at my school days, I always get stuck at one scenario. That one flashback would then fleet across my eyes for the entire day. I would like to share it here- It was a regular winter morning where we all were assembled for Morning Prayer. And I was thinking about the chilled weather, the bluish sky, and the warm blazer. It was until I saw two handsome looking NDA folks on our school stage was I super excited and grateful knowing our zero periods would go zilch.
They were our school’s pass-outs and while they were delivering their speeches about how they cracked NDA, I discovered my passion. I learned that I wanted to inspire people, I learned that I have stories in me, the stories that I wanted to lay open. I truly believed that I would grow up to be an inspired and I then underwent the ‘process of dreaming’. But the question was how I was going to do it.
I started writing, I started sharing stories with my diary, and then on reading websites. I wrote a chapter every day. I would write, delete, re-write, delete and then write it all over again. But I never stopped writing or dreaming, for that matter. It took me almost a year to complete the first draft of my novel, ‘’The Naked Scars’’.
The Naked Scars is based on the most heinous crime ever committed on any human being, ACID ATTACK. It’s a thriller, sure, but a character-driven one. The book spans the bridge between being a victim to survivor and then a fighter. It explores the struggles of an acid attack victim, from trauma, pain, trails and even euphoria to those days or nights when nothing will come, it’s the story of what it means to be NOT beautiful and different and why we keep on trying. . .
While looking for writing contests I found YSI contest, which was India’s largest and most inclusive digital writing contest, I competed with thousand other writers and got a winning spot. I received an HP laptop from Wattpad, Canada, a feature story, and promotion of wattpad platform and the Global Business Coalition for Education website. I then came across NaNoWriMo writing contest, it is an international annual writing project that brings together professional and amateurs writers from all over the world. I participated in NaNoWriMo with ‘The Naked Scars’ and bagged the first winning spot. And now, my dream story is at the stage of reaching you in the bookstores near you in a few months!
Personally, I believe that we are taught to forget. We’re told life is difficult, complicated, and tough, and somewhere between the so-called ‘complications’ and ‘difficulties’ we realize that we’re not smart enough to pursue that. We make ourselves poor, narrow our thinking and start leading a meaningful life. Why don’t they teach us to dream?
Let us learn to dream….again? Let us understand the power of ‘Dreamation’ and start working on it? Let us see no reason for why we can’t grow up to be what we want to be. Let us promise to never let our dreams fade or replace it. Let us start analyzing our thoughts and never discount our dreams as mere fantasies. Because we all are special and supremely talented, aren’t we?