“However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
– Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
Now this quote by Dumbledore is truly one of my favorites of all time, though I honestly don’t remember the first time I read these words as I was only 9 when I started Harry Potter. But now having become one of the most notorious HP snobs to date, this quote has come to haunt my mind time and time again, but not for the reasons one might think.
I’m currently on a path that optimizes my career and success over my innate penchant for the arts, so Dumbledore can’t say that I didn’t prioritize my realities at all. However I’m still miserable. And I think that’s because I’ve been neglecting my dreams too much. Sure, I have job applications and work
and my smelly socks to take care of, but dreams should never have to take the backseat in one’s pursuit of a career.
It’s been difficult repressing the part of myself that once loved so many other things (books, music, art, writing, nature), so let me unleash the happy ghosts that have been haunting my mind for all these years. And maybe someday I’ll wake up to find that I’m truly living again. But until that day, salute, and expecto patronum. Or in Dumbledore’s words, pip pip!