By Ruth Ogechi Udeh, Summer Times Staff Writer

I call dreams figments of our imagination. When we speak of dreams, we think of the unconscious state we fall into when we are asleep. Or even something we hope for. Dreaming is a process controlled by the brain.

What comes to mind here at Exeter Summer when we say “dreams”?

“Dreams are when we go to our own imaginations and live in a world where we can be ourselves and be our own hero,” said Diego Noboa.

As teenagers, we identify with dreams such as going to a good college, graduate with an excellent degree, get a well-paid job, start a family and watch their children grow.

Have you ever taken a moment to wonder why we dream?

Many reasons account for why we often dream. Our journey on earth is motivated by our dreams. Our dream is what fuels our burning desires. We ought to dream as humans because it is an essential part of us.

“We dream because when we are asleep, our subconscious brain does not shut off,” said Averyl Cobb. It is some sort of projection of what we are thinking about. It is something we have seen or worry about.”

Kaitlin Clark also said “Dream is a way for our brain to comprehend what you can’t really think about consciously. It is a way to comprehend what is going on in everyday life.”

Sometimes, when people are woken from their blissful dreams, they are like ravenous wolves with bloodshot eyes. They become like this because for a short moment, our dreams sometimes help us forgot our worries. This happens because of the perfect fairy tales we have created for ourselves.

“I am really disappointed when I get out of a dream,” said Diego. “I get that sadness because while I was in my dream, I was in my own world being happy but when I wake up, I realize that I am in the real world.”

Even the greatest leaders of our time did dream. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Dreams, are in fact, a reflection of brain maturation and cognitive development. So even though not all dreams can be achieved, we keep dreaming.

Dream on and dream big!