Do You Have a Dream in Life?
by Maria Romero, December 12, 2018 1:44pm
Art by Jessa Malapit
Our insistent desire to have dreams of a better life and the cognitive ability to set out goals to live out those dreams are two of the most amazing abilities we have been gifted as humans.
Some dream of having a nice house for their family, some dream of having their names engraved in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, while some dream of having a country where social justice prevails. But sadly, some people don’t dream anymore because they are too busy working to get through the day.
A survey on whether or not the present youth remains as the nation’s hope by Prim Paypon, a Filipino Dreamagineer and main founder of Dream Project PH revealed a sad truth. For 7 to 9 years, Prim succeeded in interviewing 614 Filipino teenagers of every socioeconomic class. He directed his surveys across 54 out of the 81 provinces in the Philippines with one basic question for all of his interviewees: Do you have a dream in life?
As it turned out, 7 out of 10 teenagers don’t have dreams anymore because they lost their self-esteem and passion to the discouraging words from others. This result of a carefully-crafted study is a reality that we all have to do something about.
Building tangible meaning out of abstract dreams
In response to this alarming fact, Viviamo! Inc., the company behind Belle de Jour Power Planner, drew a list of women who can inspire younger women to have dreams and chase after them. As part of the mission they set upon ourselves, they sat down and interviewed successful women from various fields to talk about their dreams. To spark change and start conversations among women and the Filipino youth in general, they initiated a month-long campaign called "The Magic of Dreams." As a kick-starter, they released the first video of one of their 20 dreamers, Ginger Arboleda, CEO of Manila Workshops, Chief Operations Officer of Taxumo, and a mom blogger.
Viviamo! believes that through stories, they can positively affect more women who are discouraged, hopeless, and in need of inspiration to dream again. In hopes of coaching and cheering them to be their best selves and reach for their dreams, they provide them with content and events that equip them with knowledge, confidence, and self-appreciation. They are continually creating a safe and cheerful community for women to encourage them to inspire other women.
But what’s the point of dreaming, really?
No matter what the circumstance is, we must not stop from dreaming and making ends meet to see those dreams materialize. Believe it or not, those simple aspirations will help to build underprivileged communities, allow for respectful collaboration between parents and children, and more importantly if it will bring food to the table who used to have a few next to nothing.
Imagine and conquer. Be the engineer of your own dreams.