Start-up 2021 with this…

Bilal Zaiter
3 min readDec 21, 2020


A powerful set of dreams & their relevant quotes

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Dreams are gifts and 2021 is yet another dream awaiting to be unwrapped.

Holidays times, we love & love them, but they also bring with them all sorts of uncertainties. I choose in this grey & cloudy winter day to squeeze some pomegranate and paint few seagulls on your window. I talk about dreams.

Because sometimes it is hard to keep your dreams alive. Other times, your dreams can remain just daydreams for far too long. Long enough to make you abandon them.

A new year is about to come, and what can be a better way to welcome the year with a re-polished view of the possibilities! This can be really thought provoking and growth orienting moment.

1. Why dreams?

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

2. Who is a dreamer?

Here is the first and the most distinguishing thing about dreamers. Dreamers see possibilities before others:

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw

But because of that capacity of seeing before others, dreamers are usually marginalized and abandoned by their closest communities:

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde

In fact, anyone is a dreamer:

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Who is dreamer’s worst enemy?

We do still know how uneasy it can be to dream things up, particularly, in communities that structurally suffer the illness of belittling. But maybe we the best way to overcome this constrain is through self-reminding:

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

4. The biggest misconception about dreams

Many people tend to think that dreams should be unrealistic. Wrong. Those are missed satisfactions. Fly back in time a couple of thousand years ago and read:

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” –Epicurus

5. How to make dreams realities?

Now the most recurring and arguably the most interesting and important question about dreamers is: How to render a dream into a reality?

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

To make it even easier:

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. The main resource you need to move a dream into a reality

Of course, there is no guarantee that we can make our dreams happen from the first try :

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett


“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” – Tom Bradley

In fact, it is not all of you. It is particularly this part of you:

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

7. The only reason you can not dream

And finally, feeling not capable of dreaming and taking often the regrets trips might be because you just got too old AND have not dreamed enough earlier in life:

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – John Barrymore

And …..

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

I can go into this forever, but then I will be just wasting your dreams -and/or acting upon your dreams- time, either way, this is not cool.

So, get your head of that lazy pillow, and start dreaming. You have a new opportunity waiting for you. Do not waste it. Open your eyes, or close them, and start MAKING your dreams work for you.



Bilal Zaiter

Writing makes life joyful. You will often find me playing at the digital humanities playground.