Websters dictionary defines pipe dream as follows:
Main Entry: pipe dream
Etymology: from the fantasies brought about by the smoking of opium
: an illusory or fantastic plan, hope, or story
Oh, yes, pipe dreams. We all have them. There are the standard run of the mill ones that start out as pipe dreams, you know the things that "would be nice" but we aren't really expecting them to happen. Like winning the lottery, we think about it, we plan out what we would do with all that money, but most of us don't really expect to win.
But then there are things in our life that don't start out as pipe dreams, they start out as beautiful, palpable plans or ideas for our future. These things only turn into pipe dreams after we wake up day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, and they are never realized. Sadly, these are the dreams that are hard to walk away from. You want to hold on just a little while longer because you believe in your heart of hearts that it will happen, but every time you feel like you may be close another piece of the puzzle is revealed to you, and you realize you still have so far to go. And then you start asking yourself "how long is too long?" We can't always control every situation in our life, all we can do is control how we handle the situation. Sometimes there are no easy answers, you just have to do what feels right at the time and then never look back. No regret.
Reality sucks, but sometimes it is necessary.