Kalpana - I came to Canada because I dreamed of a better life. My dream was, and it still is, my drive. I want to be able to dream and I want to raise my children in the same freedom. This is the New World, the place where dreams are valuable and I intend to keep it like that. Nobody’s going to steal my dreams away with dreary financial forecasts or the daily recitation of death statistics.
Charo - I couldn’t agree more. If you don’t have a dream, you cannot make a dream come true. We all know that the present situation is not conductive to optimism, but there is the option of creating that optimism ourselves. Let’s “force ourselves” to dream on through this madness. Keep our plans and our longings. Let’s not fabricate a dreary future in our minds, lest it might come true. And what’s more, let’s be creative and extravagant, more so than ever, in our dreams.
Kalpana - When it comes to dreams, the sky is the limit. The physical world can often limit you, but don’t you put any kind of boundaries on your dreams. Think positive and think big. Even in this time of quietude, your imagination can thrive. Let it fly. Let it take you out of the grey.
Charo - Don’t let this quiet time be depressing. Use it to rev your engines, to prepare like a Formula One, so that when the lights are green to continue building your dreams and this beautiful nation of Canada, you are fully prepared and willing to stand up to the challenge. Life is still there, around you and inside you.
Kalpana - Don’t give up your dreams to anyone or anything. Even less to a stupid virus. You are the engine of this economy. You are the economy. You are not too poor, nor too old, nor too sick, nor too tired, nor too depressed to dream. Challenge reality. This is the time to do it.
Charo - Yes! This is the time to ask that question, “Why not?” We are at a historical low in this moment. A historical high might follow if we all have the right attitude to bring it on with us. So if you were thinking of opening a business, ask yourself again, “Why not?”, if you were thinking of starting a family, “Why not?”. If you were dreaming of starting a new life with a new special person, “Why not?”
Kalpana - During this hard time, some of us might want to numb ourselves with addiction. It could be anything, not only drugs or alcohol. It could be work addiction or food. Remember to be compassionate to yourself. Self-compassion is the hardest thing for many of us. Remember to breathe and tell yourself you are loved and you are important. You are playing an important role in this society by staying home or being a front line worker. Stay safe and stay active. Let the end of this pandemic find you ready to take the jump for the sprint toward your dreams.
Charo - Dreams are the draft copy of our future. Don’t botch them up. Don’t let any negative hacking into your dreams. They are sacred. And they are only yours. The virus is just genetic waste, but we, you and I, are the blood and the bones and the flesh and the spirit of this country. Dream On.
Charo Lloret is from Spain; Kalpana Loganathan is from India. They reflect on their experiences immigrating to Canada.