At the Intersection of Books & Dreams

“I have come to believe that coming true is not the only purpose of a dream. It’s most important purpose is to get us in touch with where dreams come from…”

This weekend I watched a TED talk by Lisa Bu entitled “How Books Can Open Your Mind.” It’s a fascinating account of a young girl scorned from pursuing her dream (Chinese opera) and finding solace in books. Eventually reading also gave Bu the tools necessary to “re-start” her relationship with her parents. However, as the quote above points out, the ultimate benefit of reading in Bu’s life was not an actualization of her dreams but rather an actualization of her identity.

Through reading we live a thousand lives, and I believe that by surveying those multitudes we better understand our own. Books empower and they teach and they console. And in a sense, they allow us to live out those lives that our world won’t allow (our dreams). Furthermore, as Bu points out, even shattered dreams can help us understand ourselves better. Therefore (motivational soap box), find your dreams, find your books, find your dreams (yes, it’s cyclical). Even in the pursuit of understanding a dream realized or a dream dreamed, you will find yourself more deeply I believe.

PS Check out this 6:16 video in full:

2 thoughts on “At the Intersection of Books & Dreams

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m exploring books and identity in my post graduate studies at the moment and it was really inspiring to watch this. People tend to ignore the importance of reading in development and formation of the self. Thanks again for the share!

    1. calebjwestbrook

      That sounds like a really interesting thesis or research topic! Yeah, I hadn’t really thought of reading in regards to development (in an academic sense), but it’s really fascinating. Good luck!

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