In a world where adults strangle their imaginations for the sake of practicality, it takes a bunch of kids to remind us how pleasing it is to just dream.
Public radio station WNYC asked a group of children what they dream about and their answers were both adorable and eye-opening. It was WNYC’s attempt to persuade their adult listeners to track their sleep as part of the Clock Your Sleep project. The children shared their theories on what dreams are, and how adults dream, in addition to describing what they dream about.
While recounting their vivid flights of fancy, the youngsters spoke about riding dinosaurs and being mauled by giraffes.
Eight-year-old Sophie dreamt that “the whole world was a two-eyed person” whereas Tess wanted to have dreams where she could do whatever she wants “like drink coffee” - that’s right, she wants to have a dream where she could drink coffee.
Besides delving right into their dreams, the kids also had a set of expectations about what animals dream of. Jack thought that “a bear could have a bad dream about seeing a human.”
However, probably the most revealing moment of the video was when Sophie speculated that “Grownups might dream about the next day, the next week, the next month and the next year.”
Sadly, she was right. It reminded us of Herb Brooks’ invaluable advice, “We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams.”