My childhood memories, I’m happy to say, are swimming in Broadway musicals and their soundtracks. Man of La Mancha is one of them. When I read the BBC News report about the recovery of the tomb of Miguel de Cervantes, known as the “father of the modern novel” and the Spanish author of Don Quixote, I had a flashback of seeing the production and listening to the original soundtrack including the song, “The Impossible Dream,” which became an American standard.
It’s been 400 years since Cervantes walked the earth. When he died and was reportedly buried in 1616, his coffin was lost. The question begs to be asked: How do you lose a coffin? Assuming it was the kind of coffin used today---large enough to accommodate the body of an adult---I can’t imagine how such a thing would be misplaced.
Apparently, the bones of Cervantes’, his wife and others who were buried with him in Madrid’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians were discovered by a research team equipped with infrared cameras, 3D scanners and ground-penetrating radar to locate the underground burial site. Believe it or not, late in the 17th century when the convent was rebuilt, their remains were lost in the move to the new building, and were recently found in a “forgotten crypt underneath the new building,” according to the BBC News website. Cervantes was 68 when he died, which sounds rather old for the time, and had survived being shot and wounded in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. That was long before he published the first part of what was originally titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha in 1605. The second part was published in 1615, the year before his death.
In the story, which apparently was not autobiographical, Don Quixote is a chivalry-obsessed knight, who happens to be “mad” as he sets out on his old horse with his “faithful squire” Sancho Panza, and has visions of a monster (actually a windmill), among other things, along the way. The ending is sad, but leaves one with the memory of the importance of not letting go of your dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem. And sometimes, the simple act of dreaming is even more important than having the dream come true because it naturally leads to other things.
Perhaps your dreams feel impossible because of OCD, substance abuse, prescription addiction, depression, anxiety, bereavement or stress. We all have low points in life, but sometimes it’s an indication of a bigger issue and you may find yourself in what feels like a web.
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We all have a vision of what we want our lives to be, but often circumstances stand in our way and we see monsters instead of windmills. Dreams we once imagined with unmistakable clarity suddenly become lost. Recovery is a battle worth fighting so that eventually your impossible dreams become possible again.