Dreams (not the night-time diversions, but the dreams that stretch deep into our souls and sometimes help us discover who we really are) are those wondrous things that we humans hope for, wish for, cling to. Or–if we’re lucky–they’re the goals we not only set for ourselves but realize.

One of life’s greatest lessons–and one of the toughest to take to heart, I’ve found–is this one:

Do not let other people tell you when your dream should die. Those who don’t understand a dream will want you to give it up because your dream isn’t their dream. Do something practical, they’ll say. They are sure to end said dream prematurely, if allowed. Instead, let the imagination that gave birth to a particular dream be its judge.

In other words, don’t give up on something if it matters to you. If it matters to you, it’s worth the fight.