Why some dreams should never come true


Sometimes I dream of a little woodland cottage, where one can awake with the sun and sleep with the moon, gather wild mint and raise hens for eggs. I dream of being a medicine woman, knowing exactly which herbs and concoctions for which ailment will best soothe an aching belly. I dream of a simpler life.

But it is only a dream. Truthfully, while I would love to learn more about natural medicine, I know I would never be happy in a woodland cottage. For a time, I would love the having the birds be my only music, the flowers my friends, and the wild nuts and berries my nourishment. After several sunrises though, I know that, in sincerity, I would grow weary of it. I would miss coffee shops and libraries. I would miss the noise! Truly, even though I adore my lovely little home with its vintage hardwood floors, I cannot help but miss the noise of apartment living.

I have always thrived on activity and noise, and, most importantly, people.

Nonetheless, it is nice to have a dream that you never fulfill. You know, the kind of dream that you want to remain a dream. The kind that should forever be a haze because, truthfully, you know it is not a good fit. In your heart, you are infatuated with the result, not the path to get there or the consequences of the result. The dream is just that – a dream! You simply want to be someone else for a few moments a day – to have something to ponder, to distract you from the cruelty of reality. Those are the kinds of dreams that should forever remain unfulfilled.

Because, truly, I could never live in a woodland cottage and I don’t want to do farm work. But it is nice to step into new shoes for momentary lapse of reason.

Do you have a dream that you have no intention on pursuing?

Stay Beautiful,


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  • Reading this title, I had a different idea of what I thought it would be about, as I do think that sometimes concrete dreams should also not actually ever be more than dreams, as when you achieve it all, you have nothing to strive for. I think that 90% of a dream should be attainable, and that other 10% non-attainable so that you keep striving to reach it and always have some sort of goal – granted out of all dreams, there needs to be a percentage that are 100% attainable, otherwise nothing will ever feel satisfactory. But I think this is also an intersecting concept – dreams that are more fantasies – lifestyles that as dreams are all together completely perfect, but in reality would never work out quite as we would imagine in the romanticized version in our head. Which is 100% okay! Dreams are there for us to be creative and imagine alternate universes with alternate versions of ourselves!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • I agree with everything you said! Dreams are a wonderful thing in their place.

  • This actually slapped me quite hard in the face, because I'm a dreamer. I'm a huge dreamer. I survive on the promises of my dreams, and I don't quite know how I'd feel if ever it dawns on me that they should remain nothing but sweet ideas. At the moment however, after a quick evaluation, I do think that my biggest dreams (living in NYC, going to MIT, having cats as friends) are pretty realistic dreams that fit me, but others like one day being a motivational speaker, or becoming a teacher would never to for me because I am terrible with people, ha.


    • Oh, dreams are definitely incredibly important to a healthy life! I do my fair share of dreaming – absolutely. I hope you make it to NYC and MIT. We could always use more great minds over here. 🙂

  • Sometimes I think it would nice to live in a cabin too, where I could sit all day and room among the trees. But only for a weekend! I like knowing there are people around me and not having to drive an hour to shop haha!

  • The last bit really resonated with me! I am super guilty of having tons of dreams I know I will not pursue. For example every year when I see the Rockettes perform at Christmas I think "I want to be a Rockette" then I found out I am not tall enough (also I am 23 and have never even taken dance haha). Somehow it was still a bummer to realize it. I know it is a silly example but I do it all the time! Great post, love your skirt.
    xx Annie

    • Hahaha, sometimes I think about how much I want to be a rock star. No way would that ever happen because I cannot sing and have no musical talent and I don't want to do the work! It's just fun to imagine yourself in alternate realities, I think!

  • When I was younger I wanted almost exactly the same thing – and more recently I wish that I could be more 'zen' as someone who practices yoga regularly and is very calm and content. To be honest, I'm entirely the opposite and worry easily…
    I love this post. We do all have dreams that we know will just never fit us, but in a way I think it makes us better to realize this and understand ourselves!

    You could always study naturopathy and work in the city?

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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  • Oh this is such a lovely perspective Elizabeth! I agree. Sometimes the most wonderful part of a dream is dreaming it up 🙂 I hope you're having a beautiful summer! | hayleysolano.com ♥

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