What did you dream about last night? Chances are, it blurred the instant the alarm went off, and by the time you’d grabbed your toast and keys, your head was full of a hundred other things you needed to think of to get through today. Now, what if we asked you to remember the dreams you had as a child?
For most women, dreams are silly, unrealistic, not things ‘grown-ups’ have time to entertain. Whether it’s a demanding career or a hectic family life, we all come to accept that a head in the clouds gets in the way of the job at hand. As a result, many of us let go of our dreams altogether.
This is true of half of the world’s female population, according to the first ever Global Dreams Index Survey, conducted by SK-II, which also found a strong correlation between dissatisfaction with life and the failure to pursue one’s dreams. In contrast, 82% of women around the world who admitted to being satisfied with their lives put it down to “doing what you love”.
The results of the study is being accompanied by a sweet little film, Dream Again, which invites women to explain why they’ve given up on their dreams. They are then counselled on how they might free themselves from the things holding them back. Unbeknown to them, the counsellors are actually children, one of whom reassures a weeping grown-up with the words, ‘Your younger self is proud of you now’.
Kids remind us what it feels like to dream. Here are a few wise words from young girls you might recognise in yourself, reminding you to pursue yours again…
1 Remember your dreamsWarner Brothers
2 Growing up doesn't mean losing your wayDisney
3 Don't stop believing in magicWarner Brothers
4 Get out of your comfort zoneLionsgate
5 Don't hold backTristar
6 Surprise yourselfFox