“Don’t ever let someone who gave up on their dreams, talk you out of pursuing yours.”
“I have no dreams”
I am totally shocked. I can’t believe what I just heard. “I have no dreams”.
An acquaintance I haven’t seen for more than 10 years has just said that to me, and with such an absolute certainty that it shocks me.
I have been in Malmö on a business network meeting. The time is around noon, and the sun is shining lovely, like it sometimes does on early autumn days in Sweden.
I was intending to pick up my car and drive home, but the beautiful weather convinces me to enjoy a walk downtown instead.
I cross the main street to the other side. At one of the shop windows my attention is caught by a window cleaner doing his job. He seems familiar somehow, so I decide to approach him.
I now recognise him as an acquaintance I saw a great deal of 12 years ago, and haven’t seen since.
“Hi! How are you?”, I say to him. He turns around, recognises me, and replies “I’m fine.” We talk casually for a while about our jobs, and soon the conversation turns routine and uninspiring.
I switch to a more fun topic by saying “Have you fulfilled any of your dreams?”. That is when he is telling me “I have no dreams”. He says it with such certainty. It is completely unexpected. I can hear in his voice that this is an accepted truth. I can’t believe my ears.
Then we talk for a while about our families, and after saying goodbye I depart.
The impression of what he just have said remain in my head. I can just not accept it. “I have no dreams”, he said to me.
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