Never give up on your dreams. Don’t we all need to be reminded that from time to time? And that’s why a movie with a message like that can never hurt, right? Nor there will ever be enough of them, cause hell, we need to be reminded constantly! No matter how silly your dreams might seem to the people around you – or even to you sometimes – just never give up on them. They are your dreams and you dream them for a reason. It’s not a coincidence. If you can dream it, you can achieve it, as Michael Flatley (the Lord of the Dance creator) once said. So, if something feels right, even if you can’t explain why, just keep going. Cause chances are, Kevin Costner might not be coming to save you.
I know what you’re thinking. That I got off the ‘1001 Movie Challenge’ track real quick, don’t you? I know it must seem like it, since I’ve not written a piece on my progress for a while. Truth is, I have been neglecting the ‘must see’ films for a bit, indeed, but still seen a few. The problem is, I wasn’t very lucky with the choices, as none of them really inspired me to write. And I tend to write only about those movies that provoke some kind of inspiration or conversation – even if not always in the best way. However, after seeing couple of movies that definitely have their place in the film history books, but unfortunately not accomplishing more than a simple education for me, I finally stumbled upon Field of Dreams, the Phil Alden Robinson 1989 movie, starring Kevin Costner. Not that the film itself impressed me that much at first, but the message that it was trying to deliver surely got stuck. And to be honest, the longer it is since I’ve seen the film, the more I keep coming back to it in my mind and just can’t erase it nor ignore it.
Same as Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), an Iowa farmer, could not ignore the voice in his head. If you build it, he will come. That’s what the voice keeps telling him. It wouldn’t go away, until he realizes what it’s trying to tell him – to build a baseball field. A baseball field, in the middle of nowhere, sacrificing huge part of his crop doing so, risking his living. And for what? Who will come? He has no idea, he just knows he has to do it. Foolish, right? Fortunately, he has a strong support in his wife, who believes in him, despite sounding like a complete fool, even to himself. Ah, don’t we all need a partner like that!
The rest of the story is just a true fairytale/fantasy ride and if you’ll not be willing to accept that, you’re gonna have a hard time watching this film. Cause even to me it felt a little too much and over the top sometimes and I am all for crazy dreams stories. But truth is, at the core of it, there is a story of a man who’s searching for his own identity and meaning of his own existence. A man, who doesn’t want to waste his life, or go through it without doing anything of true meaning. Even if that meaning is known only to him. He feels like he has to do something before it’s too late. It’s now or never.
And it’s not only him, who delivers the important message of never giving up on our dreams. Even more so it’s the stories of the single baseball players that eventually come to his field, and especially Archie Graham, who became a doctor and gave up on his baseball career which even now he considers to be the right decision and does not regret it. But he does have one regret – he wish, he could have played with his dream team one more time and see if he could make it. For that chance, he would give anything in the world. Kevin Costner gives him that chance. But who’s gonna give it to you? Who’s gonna save you? Only you can. And the only time you can do so is now. So, please, carry on, don’t give up and believe.
You are here on this planet for a reason and that reason might turn out to be that dream you cannot get out of your head. So just do it! Don’t get discouraged by anyone, nor by yourself, no matter how crazy it seems. Anything is possible if you truly believe it. If any of the successful people who might serve you as inspiration now, would have given up when people laughed at them, they would never accomplished anything. I keep reminding that to myself, too. Even now, by writing this blog, I am actually trying to work on something bigger, one of my own dreams. Is this the way? I have no idea, but something deep inside me keeps telling me to carry on, and also it just feels right. So, I listen to that voice. Cause you know what? Our instincts are usually right.
So yes, even if my own dreams seem silly to me sometimes, I am not gonna give up on them. Who knows where they might lead me? Maybe somewhere else than where I imagine myself now. But somewhere where I am supposed to be. It’s all part of the journey and life is a journey not a destination. And like that, I will never have to wonder ‘what if’.
What if I kept going in that direction? What if I did not give up on that? What if I held on just a little longer…?
I would spend my life wondering and asking these questions and that’s definitely not my plan. Nor is having regrets. And you know what? Rumor has it, the more you feel like it’s never gonna work out, the closer to success you actually are. Would you wanna give up just five minutes before reaching your destination? I don’t know about you, but I would not! It would haunt me for the rest of my life.
You may end up like one of the Field of Dreams characters then, only there would be no Kevin Costner coming to save you and giving you another chance to discover what it would have been like.. So, don’t risk that. Rather take a risk in pursuing your dreams. Cause no one else is gonna build the field of dreams for you. Only you can. And the time is now. So, don’t forget: if you build it, he will come. And only you know what these words mean for you 😉