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What Do You Dream?



We all have them, dreams. I don't mean the ones we might have while sleeping right now. I am referring to those we have while waking. I would imagine that there are few, if any, people who aren't dreaming for a better year than last year. Prospero in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" said, "We are such stuff as dreams are made on," perhaps meaning that we derive meaning for our lives from our dreams and imaginings. What kind of lives would we have had, or more importantly, what can our lives still become if we did not ever dream? These dreams provide us with reasons to keep going and to try to still obtain that which sometimes seems elusive but still possible. In a blog post for "Style to Stage," written in July of 2013, that author, in writing about these lines from "The Tempest," says it even better than I can when she writes this explanation, "Our lives are the dream simply for the incredible fact that we are breathing, thinking, walking, loving, living creatures with the sheer ability to do any of these things and more." We have almost completed the first week of a new year, a time when we should dream of those things that we can yet hope to make possible sooner rather than later. I have plenty of mine. Do you? Today's image, with post processing alterations, was captured during the Holiday Lights drive through in Raleigh a few weeks ago.

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