Emily Little

One small step for mankind

Living in Highlands County my entire life, all I've ever heard is people complain about wanting to leave this place. Whether I come back to Highlands County or move far away, I know I'll end up wherever my dreams take me. When someone talks about their dreams, you expect them to tell you they want to be a singer or a movie star. However, this is not always the case.

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes, from simply wanting to lose five pounds to running for president of the United States. People seem to forget that little dreams are just as important as big dreams. For example, if your dream is to become a doctor, it isn't going to happen overnight. First, you must have a dream to have good grades in high school. Then you must have a dream to get accepted into college and eventually medical school. Only then will your major dream of becoming a medical doctor come true.

Most hopes and dreams require goals to be met along the way. Personally, I believe this is how success happens. People set a long-term goal, and after that goal is set, they plan out smaller goals. These smaller goals may seem daunting at first, but add up in the long run.

From experience, I know that starting on the path to a major dream can be a difficult one. A long-term dream of mine is to get into the University of Florida. To get there, I must work hard every day towards achieving it. Sometimes, this simply means getting my homework done when I feel lazy. Often times though, it means pushing myself to try to go a bit above and beyond my own expectations. Regardless of what I choose to work on to get myself to my final dream, each step of the way is like a little dream of its own.

I sometimes wonder if this is the problem with my generation, if they are seen as unsuccessful and unmotivated because they do not set small goals. They try to achieve momentous goals without thinking the process through and setting smaller goals along the way. They could want to become a major league baseball player or a world famous chef, but never have played baseball or cooked in their life. My generation seems to expect things to be handed to them without having to work for them, which is where our negative image comes from.

Generational issues aside, I think everyone could benefit from setting small goals to achieve larger ones. From a young age, we are taught to "follow our dreams" and that "we can be anything we want to be." While these statements are true and worth listening to, they would be impossible without smaller dreams.

The word "dream" itself has a very strong connotation. The word makes people think of large extravagant wishes rather than something achievable. By picturing something over the top, people assume they cannot make it happen. While their dream may be over the top, if they set smaller dreams to build up to it, it would be entirely realistic, no matter how large.

Whether you want to be an award-winning Hollywood actor or simply own your own business, dreams are an important part of life. However, it is extremely important to put thought into smaller dreams. Smaller dreams lead to bigger dreams, and bigger dreams lead to accomplishing your overall goal.