"Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all."
–Jean Genet, French novelist (1910-1986)
The quotation above speaks not of the dreams during sleep, but of dreams one has when awake. Aspirations. Things hoped for.
The quotation above doesn’t define the word, youth. Does youth mean very young, preschool and elementary school age? Or does youth mean high school, teenage years?
Has there ever been a completely happy teenager? They’re not little kids anymore nor are they yet an adult. Teenagers seek for identity, their place in the scheme of things. Of course they dream of things and places where life’s bumps would become smooth.
different. They think if only they could be this or that.... Youth lack maturity to think through their dreams.
And that is a blessing. That lack of maturity frees them to hold unlimited dreams. Walt Disney must have been one of unlimited dreams for he said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” And so he did.
To have been young and never dreamed at all would be a sad memory. Dreams sometimes keep us afloat when life’s storms buffet us from every side. Aspiring dreams are positive, happy thoughts. What if they don’t come true--well, so what? Dreaming is a pleasure.
What were the dreams of your youth? Even if you had dreams that didn’t come true, was your life any worse for having had them?