Loneliness and the audacity of the dream
by Elliot Lyons
It’s hard to truly be lonely in the sincere pursuit of purpose, aka following our dreams.
Active dreaming can get lonely; people may choose to leave, and we may be the only one who believes in where we are going. Yet, it’s the dream that provides us with the life we never thought we would have, it shows us another why is possible, it comes in and comforts us when no one else will.
But do you know what the funny thing about this whole thing is? Even those who may leave us behind often still admire our conviction and the work we put into turning our dreams into reality.
They may not be coming with us, but they respect the hustle, even if this nod to our game is only expressed in whispers and never to our faces.
They can feel the power within us and it moves them, too—they may just not know how to express it because something like this is new for them too.
And that ability to move others is what makes the active dreamer so powerful, to be able to take a thought and turn it into a house from being broke, or make a lucrative executive career out of no education.
Dreamers on their hustle have their own gravity. They’re not on another planet—they are another planet.
These people tell us to find and reach our own stars, and remind us that even if we miss the stars we’ve still left the earth.
They lay bare a connection to something fundamental as human beings: finding strength in ourselves through the potential we see in others, who act as our North Star.
And when we get lonely, feeling like no one understands who we’re trying to become, their very being reminds us that we’re not alone.
Because we’ve dared to hustle to make good on our dreams.