To Thine Own Self Be True
31 July, 2010
author: Rebecca Ditch-Hammack (aka Dreamer)


...To Thine Own Self Be True

Sometimes I wonder about words and what the combination of them mean to me. In this case I think it means be true to yourself. You can be the facade that other people see all day. While most of the night you can be who your family wants you to be.. Sometimes we forget to be true to ourselves. Needing to remember, that in your heart you are who are, who you truly are, and to follow through with that.

So what are you? Who were you before the other people in your life changed your coverings? Who is that person you were before you morphed into the individual you appear to be to others. What is underneath, in your heart? Do you live the true you?

Are you a dancer, a builder, a poet, a dreamer?

My dad had me pegged when I was still a little kid. He said I was a day dreamer, when I was only around 6. He could tell even then. He was so right. I still am to this day. Some people wonder what I day dream about.

There are so many things.. That's the thing with being a day-dreamer you never stop dreaming and your dreams can take you anywhere. It can set you on top of a mountain that you would have never climbed. It can have you running in a field amongst flowers you have never seen. It can have you with swinging around and around in laughter hand in hand with the one you love, or some imaginary love you have never even met. It can take you to a relaxing better place.

You can walk among the forest without the fear of getting a tick. You can stand and look over the grand canyon in awe of the magnificence. It can take you sailing on the ocean, or you can simply lay on the ground looking at cloud formations imagining what they look like. It takes you places where the imagination can run wild.

It can also make you creative. You could find a better way to make something work, making the world a better place somehow or trouble shooting life's problems.

It's hard to be a dreamer in a real life world. People have little use for our way of thinking. The way we mull over an unusual flower or a bird that we may think is watching us. Sometimes blindly staring off in some direction deep in our thoughts. They tell us to grow up, that we live in a fantasy world, or to hurry up to keep up with others who are ignoring life.

But I must digress. This world that we live in is so much part of that fantasy and dream world. What would an inventor be if he was not a dreamer. Without learning or knowing how to imagine, could he have made his inventions come to light.

Let's take that a step or two forward, or back as it may be. Think of all the things we have in life that we take for granted. Televisions, light bulbs, cell phones, stoves, refrigerators, paperclips. Such things that we barely give a second thought. But sometime a while back they were only dreams in someone's heads. A free thinker. Someone who had, more than likely, been laughed at and teased for their day dreaming ways. They still made their dreams reality.

Oh, but they call them thinkers, visionaries. Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Plato, Socrates, Michelangelo, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Christopher Columbus, Walt Disney to name a few off the top of my head.

I have to wonder if these people weren't scoffed at as children, but raised to believe in their dreams; that they 'could' make them reality. Is that what made them different? Or the fact that they had that "I'll show you" attitude. Perhaps it was more the "I don't care what you think" eccentricity. It seems independent thinking was not a bad thing for them.

Not only could they visualize their dreams but they could make them reality. Dreaming them into existence. Sometimes picking up the help of others who could see and help them realize their dreams.

I have to wonder, living in a world made up of so many other peoples dreams, if it is not a compliment to be called a dreamer. I am a Dreamer, I can dream up a way to get it done, to make it work, to troubleshoot a problem, to say it in a way others will understand. I guess that is just who I am.

So, I guess for this reason I say: To Thine own self be true.

------- Author's Notes -------

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
- Harriet Tubman


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