All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
–Walt Disney

Dreams are necessary to life.
–Anais Nin

My wife and I finally went to see the movie “The Greatest Showman.” Yes, after six long weeks of it being at the cineplex, and after many recommendations, we finally got around to it. And it was great. Recommend it heartily.

In the movie, there is a song titled: “A Million Dreams.”

It has the lyrics:

“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”

“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.”

Which got me to wondering…after a certain age do dreams sort of dry up? When one is retired and won’t have another big promotion, or a career in sports, or won’t be able to chase the unicorns of I-can-be-anything-I-want-to-be, is there no more dreaming big?

Do dreams turn only into travel, reminiscence, family visits, and hoping-we-stay-healthy? (Not that there’s anything wrong with those things.) And do dreams just devolve into plans? Let’s get new carpeting. Let’s plan a party. Let’s go surprise the grandkids.

And it kinda got me a tad angry. Because in the movie that song made me feel the power of dreams. Maybe made me remember the days of big dreams. Maybe took me back a score or two of years. Made me feel something young. And I knew that’s what the song was intended to do to viewers.

And my “tad” of anger made me think a little harder after the movie.

It made me think that while there obviously are many, many dreams I can never have again, that it does not mean that my days of big dreams are over. Sure, my dreams by necessity will have to be simpler.

But not necessarily smaller.

Retired persons like me…and like you…can have colors fill our head, and a million dreams that paint the future we design. Think about it.

We can still do those things that fulfill dreams…not just plans.

I’m gonna try it.

To be continued…

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