A very important part of childhood is the nature of the fantastic dreams they invariably have. Around the age of seven years, their lives begin to change significantly and children start to dream in a more adult way. Often, in these childhood years, they dream about growing older. A few years down the line they dream about getting their first job. In their teenage years, it is quite natural to dream about becoming a man/woman and finding the partner and soul mate of one's dreams. Adults in their twenties frequently dream of marriage and parenthood and owning one's house. As a spouse, parent and homeowner, they are then known to dream of retirement and leisure to do what they always wanted to do for the rest of their life and to travel to those places they always wanted to visit and full-time occupation would never allow.
A pessimistic realist might say to such a person today, 'Dream on mate, because you've got no chance in today's world!', whereas an optimistic realist might say, 'Hold on to your dream, believe in it, follow it and it will come true'.
Which are you? ": William Forde: April 30th, 2018.