Have a BIG dream, then work at making the dream happen.
Think BIG! was the message I came away with yesterday from an art gallery in Colchester which debated the future of creativity in my town. Attended by creative people, politicians and other interested parties a world leading consultant invited everyone to think big about the future of creativity in Colchester.
Colchester is at a crossroads, an identity crisis, a market town, a garrison town, Britain’s oldest recorded town, none of this captured the heritage, culture and diversity of one of the most rapidly expanding places in Britain. It was a source of frustration to me personally, disappointed that our county rival Chelmsford won the city status rather than us from the Queen in 2012. From the moment Boadicea burnt Colchester to the ground two thousand years ago Colchester never captured its former greatness as the place of legends, former capital of Britain, protected by its own war-god Camulos, seat of kings, and destination of emperors.
Everyone broke up into groups to brainstorm ideas for taking creativity forward in Colchester. In my group we struggled with the identity for the town. Knowing that the core of creativity exists inside the Roman walls of Colchester I suggested “City of Victory,” a grand title bestowed upon Colchester by Emperor Claudius. Everyone liked the idea, and thus the idea emerged for consideration in the overall plan for Colchester’s future. “Think BIG,” I thought.
In a gathering afterwards I met a film maker. I asked him what was his ambition, or theme he would like to make his mark in. Shockingly he had no dream, no vision, he had nothing to motivate him, to shape his choices, he failed to think BIG. I hope my question will act like a seed, and perhaps he will at some point consider what his dream would be. Everyone and everything needs a dream, and be something magnificent and BIG, a driving force to make life worth living, a proud legacy. Think BIG!