That's right, I said it. I'm not a fan of dream catchers because I think dream catchers are dream killers. They encourage people to allow their dreams to be caught in a little web and stay there forever. Why anybody would want that to happen is beyond me—I'd much rather see a world where everybody allows their dreams to roam free and be shared with others.
I think the reason why most people cling to their dreams and don't share them with the world is because of one, two, or all of three dream catchers: embarrassment, fear of failure, or perceived owner's rights.
Here's what I have to say about each fear and why you should break all of your dream catchers.
Sure, people might laugh at you if you share your dream. But if they laugh, that's about them. Not about you. If someone is low enough to laugh at you when you share something as personal as your dreams, their opinion shouldn't matter anyway. Like I've said before: criticism is easy, creativity is hard. Hang out with people who encourage your dreams instead of break them down.
That old saying, only do it if you think you can win is stupid. I think we should start saying, only do it if you think you can learn something worth learning. Because the point of having a dream is not to win, but to learn something—about yourself, about others, about the world, about anything important that you didn't know about before. And failure? Failure is a fantastic teacher and will often show you what you need to do the next time around you take a stab at making your dreams become a reality.
This last one is the fear of one's dream being stolen and used, which is usually taken as an offence when this happens. Yet instead of taking offence to this and viewing this as crime committed, perhaps you should receive this as a compliment and an encouragement that your dream is a great dream. Because if someone took it and used it, maybe it was that inspiring and that powerful. Hence, we need to stop thinking we have a copyright on our dreams but view our dreams as having universal rights. Because if it's a good dream, multiple people using it won't ruin it. It will actually grow it into something better.
All this to say
Don't give in to any of these fears. Don't let your dream be caught in a decorative web that you buy in gift shop selling overpriced things. Break the dream catchers in your life in half and let your dreams spill out and fly all over the place. The world will become better if you do.