Big Dreams, Humanity, Simply Living

Our dreams were always meant to belong to the world but have we forgotten that we must raise them first?


I feel bad.

I left her sitting on the subway without any dreams in her head. I abandoned a drug addict without granting him a resolution. I left some boy in a random hospital bed but I forgot to geographically pinpoint the hospital so I will probably never find him again. And still there is someone else who has no name. I never got around to giving her a name.

It is not that I want to abandon the characters of the stories that come to be when the lead of my pencil meets my notebook paper and they decide to fall in love.  But lately I cannot do anything but that. Abandon My Characters. Translation: Abandon My Dreams.

They say it takes a dreamer to be a writer. I say it takes being unafraid of dreaming to get anywhere in life. Anywhere you want to go that is.

When we are young it is almost as if we are expected to be dreamers. Adults coo in a synchronized manner at our hopes of becoming firefighters or the next great prima ballerinas. Inside of us sits this invincible belief that we can do anything we set our minds to. And sure, that notion tends to last for a little while.

But as life becomes less about skinned knees and water balloon fights, things start to get in the way. Tangible and Intangible. Loans & Taxes & Insurance. Tragedy & Stability & Practicality. Reality Breaks Us In. We stop believing in silliness; in sugarplum fairies and the naughty and nice list. In Yellow Brick Roads and Horses of a Different Color.

We do a great disservice to our dreams when we forget the times they allowed us to live in them. We could hide in those dreams, seek comfort in them, look toward them when no interest prevailed to be ordinary in this world. We could retreat to them and we could fill diaries about them. We Grew Them. Fed Them With Our Thoughts and Beliefs. But did we all remember to let them out into the world? To open up our arms and set our dreams free? Did we forget to let them burst at the seams and make this world more brilliant than ever before? Or did we simply belittle them… degrade them… abandon them…

We need to treat our dreams like human beings, that is, if we really want them to mean something. We must first acknowledge those dreams, believe in them until we are convinced we can never stop. We need to baby those dreams like infants, understand their weak beginnings but covet the progress. No Matter the Size. We need to smile at the baby steps.

We must bring our dreams out into the world, not hoard them or hide them away. But most importantly we need to push our dreams out of their comfort zones as we would little children trying to find themselves in this world. We must pass them on and push them and tell them to be more. It is not enough to simply “want” our dreams to come true. We must learn to let them go, to set them free. To turn them into realities beyond the etchings of our journals and the margins of our math homework.

I am convinced that although our dreams start as our own, they are meant for the world. That even though we may love our dreams and depend on them to identify us, they ultimately exist to make the world a better place. And in order for that to happen, we must learn to grow them and let them go.

Our dreams were always meant to belong to the world but have we forgotten that we must raise them first?

People often ask me what I want to do with this lifetime. I tend to lean towards practicality. I deliver a scripted monologue about global affairs and poverty and humanity, microfinance and other key words. I say this stuff because it sounds good and stable. Then people won’t have to worry about me or walk away saying, “that one is a silly little dreamer.”

But in reality, and this is the first time that I am openly admitting it on this blog, I want to write books. Books that Help. Books that Heal. Books that Turn the World Upside Down. Or Right Side Up. Unearth the Pain. Untie the Complexities of Humanity. Or, better yet, Tie Up The Simplicity That Continually Convinces Me That We Are All the Same.

I want to be a writer. A peace maker who uses words as her remedy. A radical who uses stories as her ammo. A writer who tells all the stories; the pretty ones, the not-so pretty ones. The Silent Ones. The Loud Ones. The ones that others convinced themselves were too much for the world to read.

And you may say that I am a dreamer for believing that one day I will do just this, but John Lennon has already convinced that this is ok, for you see, I am not the only one.

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48 thoughts on “Our dreams were always meant to belong to the world but have we forgotten that we must raise them first?

  1. Hi Hannah!

    I’ve got that card too. (Along with about ten others. Cannot walk by a quote card that speaks to me without buying it to send to a friend who needs to hear those words.)

    You will write a book. I can see it on the shelves. You may already have a lot of it contained in your blog archives. Sometimes we go searching for the book to write when it’s already half written.

    We are born dreamers and doers. Not too far into childhood, our society drums the one-of-a-kind dreams out of us and replaces them with generic dreams that leave folks feeling sad and angst-ridden and depressed.

    And then each generation does it to the next.

    Fortunately, our dreams can be rediscovered. You just have to fight to get them back and then vow to never let them go again.

    Imagine a world where everyone pursued his or her dreams? We’d be too busy dancing in the streets to start wars or hate each other or hurt the planet.

    I wish you the best following your dreams!

    Giulietta

    • Giulietta, you just made my morning with your comment! I adore the thought of us all following our dreams and being so happy with life that we no longer need to focus or hone in on the bad.

      I believe we need to have those who are willing to follow their dreams and make them come true, because they set an example for those who come after them.

      I want to be one of those people.

      Thank you!

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  2. I have no doubt that one day I will walk into a bookstore and find a New York Times bestseller written by Hannah Katy. You’re so ready, keep dreaming those big dreams and remember everything we have talked about. Cant wait to see you this weekend!!

    • I am absolutely 100% certain that you will write a wildly successful book one day! You are hands down one of the most incredible writers I have ever met. Loved this post, and your way with words, and encouragement to all of us to follow those dreams 🙂

      • I love you Emily! Ah, I am just gushing over this compliment.. I pray so hard to one day write books for the world.. This blog shows me daily that it is within my reach.

        Best,

        Hannah Katy

  3. Keep believing in your dreams, because sometimes it’s all we’ve got. You’re a phenomenal writer and I expect to see your book (along with mine!) in B&N some day……soon!

    xoxo

    • If I begin writing one can I count on ya to critique it?? Thank you so much love. It means so much. and you hold tight to yours as well lady.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  4. K says:

    From one silly little dreamer to another, keep dreaming and making those dreams come true!

    Have you ever thought about compiling your posts into a book of essays? Just putting that out there.

    By the way, I think you took a very significant step here by admitting your true dream of becoming a writer. Now there’s no turning back. Make that dream come true! We all believe in you!

    • K:

      You know.. I have had that suggested to me a number of times.. I don’t know where to even begin though. Who would buy the book if the posts are all here online? I need to look into this.

      And thank you for noticing the step. I was literally sooo nervous to even type that I wanted to be a writer. That is how anxious I am about this dream of mine.

      And its great to know that there are other dreamers out there that I can count on.. aka YOU!

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

      • K says:

        I’m not sure where you start either but I mean if that Tucker Max guy can do it, then you most certainly can!

        The first step is the most difficult so you’re on your way. I did the same thing recently and had those same nerves. I’ve learned to embrace those butterflies because it’s the most true and honest indiciation that you really want something.

  5. I need to pull some of my dreams out of the box I packed them in ans see if they’ve ripened with age. Great post…and you know what? All great things start with dreams, so you go gettem”, girl!

  6. Oh, this hits me so strongly today. I am on the brink of my dreams…standing on the edge, looking down, wavering at the sheer height of it all, nauseous with anxiety. I can feel my body prepared to leap, but my mind is full of fears, fears that chain me to the edge. What I KNOW is that my dreams will be there to catch me, but I have to be willing to fall first! I know that I can soar on the wings of my dreams, higher and more exhilerating than I ever thought possible. But I have to take that first step, that step off the ledge into seeming nothingness. Leap, and the net will appear.

    • I think you just wrote the post better than me. Absolutely beautiful. I say fall… its the only way you will ever know. And I rarely ever hear of a story where someone does not develop wings in a fall love.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  7. Yes. You WILL be a writer. You have been given an amazing gift and an inspiring way with words. You have to use it & I can’t wait to pick up one of your books one day!

  8. Hi Hannah! My name is Teddi and I found you rblog through 20 Something Bloggers. I just wanted to let you know that I read around your site and discovered that you and I have QUITE a bit in common. I am currently double majoring in English Literature and Sociology. I am also a feminist, writer, and love things involving human activism. Just wanted to say it’s a pleasure to meet you and I definitely will be returning to your blog! ❤ Teddi

    • Hi Teddi: Thank you for coming by! The 20sb community is wicked awesome, glad you joined. And it is pretty sweet that we have basically the same majors and passions in life. I always adore coming across other feminists ha ha. It is a pleasure to meet you as well, thanks so much for comment.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  9. Awesome post, Hannah. I often remind myself that I am my biggest hurdle. Too often we–ourselves–let life, the world, ‘reality’ destroy dreams that were once so strong.

    You will achieve your goals one day. This blog is proof of that.

    I wish you all the best.

    • Thank you! I really do hope that the blog reflects my passion for writing.. And I just received your email. No worries love! I will absolutely still be reading.. I am not very much into YA anyways so I will leave it up to those who are gifed with it (cough cough: you). Thank you for your kind support.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  10. From one dreamer to another, I believe you will write a book. I also believe it would be a disservice to this universe for you to NOT write a book.

    So go, write. Share your story, and make the world a better place.

    If anyone can do it, it’s you.

  11. Seems to me you’re already a writer. Sure, getting published isn’t easy, but I think the really hard part is, one, deciding what you want and, in your case, actually starting the writing. I wish you the best of luck.

    • Yup, it is that actual writing that tends to be the difficulty… But this post and the feedback has really helped me to push forward so thank you!

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  12. but you ARE a writer! but, i know what you mean.

    your blog is so inspirational though, and you’ve managed to get a great following, that i believe you already are changing the world.

    i’d like to write a book some day… but i’d like to do so many other things.. my ONE passion isn’t writing.. i’m not sure what my IT thing is because i’m kind of a jill of all trades and a master of none.. that has its own advantages too, though.

    i’m not afraid to dream, but there’s another thing… the *doing*. if it’s all in your imagination as ideas, and not actions, they’re kind of useless :T

  13. Wow. Hannah, this post was fantastic.

    “I am convinced that although our dreams start as our own, they are meant for the world.”

    Can I get an “Amen!”?!

    Live those Dreams out. There in you for a reason. And as a part of “the world,” I’m going to feel very deprived if you quash them. 🙂

    (Also: Congrats on being 20Sb’s Featured Blogger! A well deserved title.)

    • Thank you Chase. Always good to hear from you, I am always hoping to spot a new post from you. So get on it! I working on living out those dreams… It is a challenging thing to do but I think its worth it. And when that cupcake business comes full circle I can count on ya right? Ha. Hope all is well! And thank you for the congrats, I am so honored to be recognized by the 20sb community.. Very cool.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  14. I totally feel you on this. And I truly believe you will live this dream. You are an amazing writer and very inspiring.

    Tama Kieves wrote a book about this exact subject, it’s called, “This Time I Dance.” You might like it. It’s a good read and gets to this point beautifully.

    I always think it is so funny how when we are little people say, “Follow your dreams,” or “Shoot for the stars.” As we get older, when we do this people shake their heads as if we are crazy. It’s part of the bipolar sickness our society is afflicted with.

    Beautiful post! I truly hope you will live this dream and strive for it every day. Much Love, HR

    • I will definitely check it out! Sounds like a book I would be drawn to.. Thank you. And you are so right about those silly little cliches that people tend to stray away from these days… I don’t like using them much but I still think that they hold themselves to be true.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  15. First of all, you are already an amazing writer, so I don’t doubt — at all — that you can get a book published. I graduated a few years back with a degree in English, with a focus on writing. You’re better at writing than the entire class I graduated with. Oh, wait, you’re probably better than the teachers too… And thanks for this post. I’m a dreamer too and too often abandon my characters. I hide with my dream, rather than run with it. Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration!

    • Guilty as well of that.. Hiding from a dream instead of acknowledging it and spending time with it. And thank you so much for your kind words. You are so sweet.. Thank you for always supporting me love.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  16. Thanks for the comment. 🙂 We are definitely soul sisters! Oh, by the way, I absolutely love what you write in your “ABOUT” section; the comparison of being a fashion designer and a writer. I want to steal it and put it in my journal! It’s exactly how I have always felt. I have always loved fashion, glamour and have been drawn to the beautiful things of this world… however, I also recognize that the truest beauty I could produce in this world is through the written word!
    <3, Teddi

  17. I have to say, this is the first post of yours I’ve read, but I loved it. You ARE a writer. I ask myself that same question all the time, since I’m not published, but that’s just a matter of semantics. You write, so you’re a writer. And I agree that I’m exactly where you’re at in terms of wanting to be a writer because I want to help people. I’ve written 2 YA novels and a 3rd one on the way, but there’s a bunch of times midway through the 2nd book where I just said, “What am I doing?” And then I realized that the book needed to be written because it would give people hope for a better future, for a second chance. It would remind them that mistakes aren’t always avoidable, but that doesn’t have to be the be all, end all of your life. And a good book does tell people we’re all the same. It says, “You understand me. You can walk in my shoes.” I’m already convinced you have it in you.

    • I know what you mean, sometimes I find it so hard to call myself a writer for the fact that I have not published anything major yet.. But I know I am certainly a writer, as are you. I like your reasons for writing as well, to give other people hope for a better future. That is a very genuine and noble purpose so keep at it. Thank you so much for coming by, hope to hear from you again soon and I will check out your blog as well!

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

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