How to Live Your Dream in a Crisis

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it’s cold outside
Every moment I’m awake the further I’m away

This is the chorus of one of my favorite songs from when I was a teenager. These Dreams by Heart. Even though the song was released in January 1986, I still occasionally listen to it now.

(Check out the music video. In 3 minutes and 48 seconds, it encapsulates everything you need to know about the 1980s. The sound. The attitude. The hair.)

And yet, there is something about the lyrics. It isn’t clear what they mean, or if they even “mean” anything. But I like this idea: I can interpret the words any way I like without worrying too much about what the songwriter intended.

And, for me, this lyric captures the essence of dreams. At least, how I experienced them. It is about the fragility of our aspirations. One moment, we have it all figured it out. The next, our dream has eluded us and “all we remember are the dreams in the mist,” to refer to another line I like from the song.

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