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The Passionate Pursuit of Dreams

I, growing up in the Y generation, have noticed a gradual decline that slips further every generation in courage and dreaming ability. More importantly, many people I grew up with, only in their mid twenties, has already given up hope. As children we grow up with amazing dreams: if you grow up athletic, you’re going to the big leagues, if you grow up along side your dad.. you’ll be the hero you perceive him to be, if you’re a young girl.. you may want to be a famous actress and live a prosperous life. Maybe you grew up in a church every Sunday and grew up saying you will change this world and make it a better place for everyone in it. Somewhere along the lines that changed for most of us. Life became tougher, we realized we didn’t have the optimal physiology for pro sports, we came from a small town with no media exposure, or we just took enough negative media to the point where the word great, in our vocabulary, was permanently replaced by the word good.

The specifics of individual dreams are far less important than the growing problem, epidemic in my opinion. {dictionary.com defines an epidemic this way: a disease affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent} In today’s society our economies, media and lack of people preaching courage, strength and pursuit has created its own dreamers disease. As they say if you hang out with bank robbers, eventually you’ll rob a bank, or at least drive away the getaway car.. it also stands true that if you hang out with people that pretend they never dreamed, you’ll follow suit or at least rationalize, make excuses and shrink our dreams down to meet our reality so we can reach them without changing or striving.

The absolute difference between those in hot pursuit of their dreams and those who have surrendered them is courage. Don’t let that statement label you though.. we have all been beaten down and taken a knee at some point in our lives, but life is amazing in the sense that we have unlimited restarts. My policy in life has become this: If my feet hit the floor in the morning, I’ve got a chance. If you look at the majority of people who have achieved great things in their lives, they did not come from ideal backgrounds. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school varsity football team, Colonel Sanders started KFC in his 60’s after several years of failed business, and Thomas Edison may have stated it best when he said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways it won’t work. I challenge you to think back to your childhood and remember those dreams.. apply them to your life today and ask yourself what if. Be careful not to let our habitual thinking limit the possibility. “Nothing happens unless FIRST a dream” -Carl Sandburg

Here is a short video that has helps me when life hits the hardest:

God Bless, Mike Gallant

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