Having begun our 2011-12 campaign with little more than a target of reaching 40 points and avoiding relegation, we are now somewhat unexpectedly seeing our beloved Newcastle United soaring high within the upper echelons of the Premier League.
Inevitably, this has now led to those of us who believe in miracles constantly daring to dream of a top six finish and a place in Europe come next season. Yet there are also those who question our way of thinking.
You see, in life there are two types of people, on one hand you have those who class themselves to be ‘realists’, and on the other you have those who are commonly labelled as ‘dreamers’. The realists among us will always tend to weigh up the negatives to a situation before making a decision on whether something is achievable or not, whereas us dreamers will gladly leap into a belief without ever considering the worst.
Some may say that this makes us foolish or naive, but I would have to disagree. In fact, if anything I believe it makes us courageous. For a dreamer will never suffer from the fear of failure, nor will they be held back by hesitation when an opportunity arises. A realist most certainly will.
So when I declare that I wholeheartedly believe Newcastle United will be playing in Europe next season, or I choose to overlook the possibility of a defensive crisis that could ruin our campaign, I do these things as a dreamer. I also know that in the unlikely event that we do not qualify for Europe, I will still not succumb to feeling depressed or casting blame, I will simply look forward to the possibility of another miracle. Something a realist could never do.
When analysing the squad we currently have at our disposal, the one thing that I believe we clearly have in abundance is team spirit. For me, it is this team spirit that has been the catalyst in getting us to where we are right now, and it will be the same team spirit that we rely upon regularly from now until the end of the season if we are to ever achieve our dreams.
So what would happen if we were to take this team spirit away? What if our players were to begin questioning their own ability and doubting themselves? What if our team of dreamers were to become realists?
“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde