12 Pictures That Beautifully Capture The Stark Reality Of Broken Dreams We Had As Children

How often does life play a fair game? Well, never.

When we were little, we dreamt of being a lot of things. The options were multitude back then, dreams were endless. You could be a cricketer, a pilot, a dancer, a teacher, a police officer, or just anything that you could think of. But then as you grow up, life happens and dreams just end up taking a back seat.

Deeksha Rathore, a college graduate from Mumbai worked on a beautiful series called the Dreamcatcher that perfectly capture, in one frame, the life we wanted as a child and the life we are living today. 

1. The paanwala who wanted to be in the security.


2. The air-hostess who dreamt of being a DJ.


3. The sabziwala, who thought he would make a great cook, one day.


4. The mithai maker who had skill in her hand and wanted to be a fashion designer.


5. The doctor who envisioned himself as an incredible cricketer.


Deeksha explains how the inspiration of this photo series came to her. She writes,

“The inspiration for this project struck me on one of the several occasions, my mother has counselled me, as I have panicked about my future. According to her, one seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that’s alright.”

“So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children.”


6. The juicewala who wanted to save lives by serving at the border and being in The Army.


7. The bartender who always wanted a corporate job.


8. The jeweller, who once would endlessly dream about being an Air Hostess.


9. The cobbler who wanted to be a Policeman.


10. The bai who dances to her own rhythm, once wanted to be a famous Bharatnatyam Dancer.


11. The rickshawala who would have made an exceptional artist.


12. The Salesman who wanted to be a Professional Carom Player.

Deeksha concludes by writing what we all must have felt while seeing this wonderful photo-series. She quips,

“What made the entire process even more fulfilling was the overwhelming response I got from some of them. The mere act of pulling out an army jacket, or an air hostess badge evoked so many emotions.”

“It gave them a chance to experience what could have been, even if only for a moment.”

For anyone who is reading this and feels that what they are doing is something that isn’t a fuel to their passion, let me tell you, it’s never too late. Thank you Deeksha, for waking up our latent dreams.

You can read Deeksha’s entire post here.