Dreams. We all have them. Some are realistic and some aren’t. My sister has this impossible dream to someday have high tea with the Queen of England. That dream, although a very imaginative dream, is nearly impossible (sorry sis).
But other dreams aren’t so much impossible as they are wonderfully and realistically possible. Take my dream for this school year, for example. My dream is to look past the freshman year, surface-level friendships I’ve made, and get to know the people I thought I knew on a deeper level. Fostering those first-year friendships, and making them into friendships that will last the rest of my life (hopefully!).
The way I plan to make my dream a reality is by “having coffee” with everyone I want to get to know more. Now, I’m really not much of a coffee drinker (I much prefer tea or chocolate milk), so for me, this term has come to mean “conversations.” This means that there are endless venues to try out, people to converse with, and beverages to be consumed while fulfilling my dream. Below are some of the ways I tried to put my dream into action.
Above is pictured one of the dreamiest realities of my dream I could picture. Here we have the warm, soft glow of a cozy room, a laptop stuffed with pictures from a semester in Ireland, and soft bedding (a must for deep conversations to occur). This is the perfect recipe for conversations that will delve a friendship deeper and give us memories to hold on to throughout the years.
Morning yoga and a trip to the Farmer’s Market was an unexpected dream fulfiller on the beautiful Saturday morning pictured here. Sometimes unexpected “coffee dates” are the best ones.
So far, these are only a few of the people I’ve conversed with, and places I’ve been on my journey to fulfill my dream this semester. There are so many people here at Hope and I know that there are so many people I am saddened to realize I will never get to know. But in light of my dream, and if you are reading this post, you need to know that I want to get to know you! I want to get coffee (or a smoothie) with you, have a meaningful conversation with you, and just plain get to know what your favorite color is. And maybe while we’re sipping our beverages, we can talk about what dreams you have for the school year or the years to come.
Because as the song goes: “They may say that I’m a dreamer…but I’m not the only one.”