Resuscitating Dreams Through Story

Last night I was out to dinner with family. My better half’s father is a professor at the university in our city, and he talked about his work and the many changes happening around the campus. The conversation prompted a nostalgic drive to the university grounds. He wanted to show us the sweeping changes happening around the campus – parks and fields being replaced by condos, parking lots transforming into new student buildings, and shopping malls – all the modern changes of our century springing up in a contained community. During this drive, my eyes were drawn to the old student housing, as yet untouched by the construction surrounding them. I could not look away from the old-fashioned picturesque buildings tucked in amidst the modern structures popping up around them. They looked exactly has I had imagined them when I was young. I’d always dreamed of attending university, and living on campus.

I love learning; school was never a burden for me. I was like a sponge wanting to soak up every drop of knowledge. My life took me on a different route, and I wouldn’t change it because it led me to my life today, but by taking this impromptu tour of the university grounds, I uncovered the possibility of resurrecting my unfulfilled dreams through storytelling. There was no reason I couldn’t return to this place, camera in hand, capturing the images that sparked my imagination. I returned home with the key to unlock fresh inspiration needed to carve out new tales and animate longstanding stories with new life.

I discovered unleashing dormant dreams is a great way to ignite new creations. The past always has stories waiting to be uncovered; it doesn’t matter if it’s your reality or your dreams, driving back to the stories that have endured throughout the years can bring them into the future.


  1. Nina Kaytel on September 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I used to worry as a kid that I wouldn’t have the same cool ‘in my day’ stories as the adults did. I tried to write using their stories, and it has only been recently that I have tied my own past into my stories.

    • J.G. Chayko on September 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I’ll bet the stories from your own life are full and rich with detail. Thanks for stopping by. Happy writing.

  2. aspiringwriter22 on September 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I wish I could say the same about school not being a burden.

    • J.G. Chayko on September 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Try not to see it as a burden – see it as an experience you will never repeat and use it in your writing 😉

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J.G. Chayko is a writer, actress, and international arthritis advocate who’s been involved in theatre for more than 30 years and has published poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.