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Wake the Dreamers

I saw this sign not too long ago that said, “Don’t wake the dreamers,” and it struck me as odd. I get what the sign is saying. Don’t take from people their ability to dream of a life that doesn’t currently exist. I’m a dreamer. I’ve always wanted to tell stories for a living, and I’d hate for anyone to try to take from me the ability to dream of a life where I get to create stories that people enjoy.

But as I read this sign that said, “Don’t wake the dreamers,” I couldn’t help but think to myself,

““If no one wakes the dreamers, then all they’ll ever do is dream.””

A dream is great, but it isn’t enough to actually make any real difference in the world. Having dreams is great, but too many dreamers stay asleep, dreaming of a world that doesn’t exist, but finding enough comfort in the dream, in the imagining of what could be, to just remain asleep. Too many dreamers become complacent, hoping something will change, but never actually wake up to do the work to make their dreams a reality.

The dreamers have great ideas, but sometimes they need people in their lives to wake them up to execute those ideas. Waking up might be painful (at least, it seems to be that way from my experience), but staying asleep and dreaming will never change the world.


Tom Farr is a writer, teacher, and storyteller who believes in crafting lies to tell the truth. When he’s not enjoying the good life with his beautiful wife Lindsey and their three much-adored children, he’s striving to create stories that thrill and inspire and preparing for the day Disney calls him to write a Star Wars movie. He’s also a contributing editor at daCunha.global. His work has also appeared on Panel & Frame, Wordhaus, Curiosity Never Killed the Writer, and The Unsplash Book. Check out his fiction writing portfolio on Medium and sign up for his author newsletter.

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