“I’m a dreamer so don’t tell me not to dream.” (1)
On the GMA television show November 8, 2018, I heard Martin Garrix, singer, and Mike Yung, guitarist, perform a powerful song, “Dreamer.” The lyrics began with that poignant plea, “don’t tell me not to dream.” While listening, I couldn’t stop my tears from flowing.
How many times have you been told to stop daydreaming? How will stories be written, songs be composed, and art be created if we stop daydreaming? Where would technology be now if not for the dreamers?
“I’m a lover. Don’t tell me who to love.” (1)
Why do some people insist that you can only love people within your religious community, your ethnic group, or someone of the opposite sex?
“I’m a runner ’cause I’ve got somewhere to run.” (1)
Why question someone else’s reason for running, flying, snowboarding, hang gliding, or any other activity that may seem frivolous or dangerous?
When you sing, does anyone tell you that your voice is terrible? Please tell them that you sing because you feel it in your heart. Continue singing. After all, you’re not trying out for “The Voice.” You’re expressing yourself. Has someone commented on your awkward dancing style? Please continue to dance because you want to, not because you want to appear on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Live your life. Don’t let someone else tell you how to live. Daydream if you so choose. Sing like nobody is listening. “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” (2)
(1) Goggle Dreamer by Martin Garrix and Mike Yung
(2) Words and music by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers © Copyright 2000