Its dream of mine to one day have a glass covered house in the countryside, nowhere fancy, a tiny field will do. I imagine a delicate swing hanging from a willow tree in the garden and a fire pit to entertain round. I know, it sounds heavenly right?
Well, when I was free one morning I decided to look up plots of land to one day build a house on and I also decided to look at land mortgages to enable me and my other half, scott, to do this.
I estimated my savings into little graphs and then I added up the value of the land and building materials by doing some research online and it was doable ‘if i put my mind to it’, I thought.
However when I sat down with Scott, after planing out the entire scheme, he mentioned that I wasn’t taking into consideration some vital things such as; the price of fitting a water tank nearby, the costs of wiring, fitting a driveway and most importantly – where we would work around that area. What a way to burst my bubble aye?
I’ve realised that if I feel something would be beneficial to my life, I jump in with both feet, without questioning the consequences of my actions.
It’s a Crowe thing I suppose because my parents were always ones to take risks – whether it was changing jobs, building a house or making big plans last minute. They were never scared of getting out of their comfort zone and I applaud their ambition even if some things didn’t work out how they first planned.
My grandparents, they were the realists that pulled my dreamer parents back down to earth, thinking logically and methodically about plans and scenarios.
The thing about dreamers is we have all these big plans. You frequently hear that it’s the dreamers that change the world or whatever that cliche is, but that’s not necessarily true. The thing about us is we want to. We have magnificent plans to. We just don’t know how. I find myself making huge plans in my mind but never actually doing anything about them because I don’t actually know how. It’s the realists that know how. They’re the ones who know how to get there. How to plan. The dreamers only know about the goal. About what they want but not necessarily how to go about getting there.
It got me thinking about how it sometimes takes a realist to bring us dreamers back down to reality. However the realists need us dreamers as we teach them that sometimes taking risks and going with your heart/ gut can sometimes be worth while. On the other hand dreamers can benefit from the realists creative brain and outside perspective.
“There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You’d think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not the opposite is true. You see, the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists, well without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.”
Whether you are a realist or a dreamer, you are necessary. Without dreamers, there would be no innovation. And without realists, things like airplanes and Disney World would simply be ideas. Realists bring about action. Each needs the other. That’s the magic of it all.