A Million Dreams

Do you have a favourite song that inspires you? A movie perhaps?

Every once in a while, out comes something that reminds me of an experience of my childhood or past that gives me a deep sense of nostalgia and causes me to think- “What has happened? Things have changed so much since then.”

Personally, the movie “The Greatest Showman” is one of these for me. Each of its songs reminded me of something special and reminded or reaffirmed me of why certain decisions were made regardless of whether it has worked out for the better so far. No regrets.

Speaking of which, i’ll share one of my favourite quotes 🙂

The greatest regret anyone can have, is the regret of not taking action because of the fear of failure.

It is only natural to fail sometimes. Thats how we learn isn’t it? From “The School of Hard Knocks” as my dad used to say. What matters is how you pick yourself up after that. Do you decide to give up or keep that faith in yourself, knowing that this has happened for a reason? Re-evaluate your decisions and think through carefully as to why you failed, then learn from it. Oh man. Another quote has come to me hahaha sorry guys i’m quite a big fan of quotes 😀

Insanity is trying to do the same thing over and over again and yet hoping for a different result.

We may easily brush this off and think in our minds “I’m not that stupid. Who does that? Not me at least.”

I used to think that too. But if you pay careful attention to the little things in life that you do (e.g. studying for you students out there) we may keep wondering why we study so hard, yet why do our grades not reflect the amount of effort we have put in preparation for it? It’s such a disappointment! It may have been because we keep using the same poor working methods, head-banging ourselves against the wall and trying to fool ourselves that so and so amount of hours of work equates to better results. But NO! Results come from quality too. A 1 hour productive session is way better than trying to ‘force’ yourself to sit down for a 5 hour all nighter. You may remember those facts for the next couple hours or so after cramming, but your long-term memory of what you’ve just tried to remember or learn is gonna be pretty messed up in your head. Don’t fool yourself that you’re “studying”.

Who is able to maintain this amount of insane studying in the long-run anyway? You are only setting yourself up for a burnout. I speak from personal experience ?

I read a book a couple months ago, titled ‘How to be a Straight-A student’ by Cal Newport if I remember correctly. He said that if you just go to the library and observe, many students are ‘pseudo-studying’. That is, the act of students trying or saying that they are studying. But if you see carefully, they are distracted. Either talking to their friends, listening to music whilst studying that is preventing them from utilising their full attention, watching some random video on facebook or youtube, or trying to study, but with their minds deep in thought on something else. Nothing is being learnt or retained. What they are doing is just trying to soothe their conscience that they are ‘studying’ so that they will not feel so guilty. Wouldn’t you be so much better off closing that Facebook tab, closing that Youtube tab and putting in a good honest amount of work for a short period of time and then do what you enjoy doing?

Tip: Quality over quantity; better still, why not both quality and quantity if you can help it? I’m definitely still a stronger believer in putting hard effort and quantity of work, as long as you’re being efficient.

Oh man.. I just realised i’ve digressed quite a bit from my original post intention.

Here are the lyrics of the song that inspired this post 🙂

A Million Dreams

I close my eyes and I can see

The world that’s waiting up for me

That I call my own

Through the dark, through the door

Through where no one’s been before

But it feels like home

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

‘Cause 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

There’s a house we can build

Every room inside is filled

With things from far away

The special things I compile

Each one there to make you smile

On a rainy day

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy

They can say, they can say we’ve lost our minds

I don’t care, I don’t care if they call us crazy

Runaway to 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

However big, however small

Let me be part of it all

Share your dreams with me

You may be right, you may be wrong

But say that you’ll bring me along

To the world you see

To the world I close my eyes to see

I close my eyes to see

Every night I lie in bed

The brightest colors fill my head

A million dreams are keeping me awake

A million dreams, a million dreams

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

For the world we’re gonna make