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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Don't Grow Up to Be a Loser

Ed Brenegar strikes a chord with me about the power of dreams. In August, I was among 18 men who through SAR Adventures went to Colorado to grasp manhood. Men who were in their mid 20's, men in their late 50's, and all in between were among the group.
The rat race, pressures of family, and the rut of life were chains that held us back. They dulled our senses and blurred the dreams of old. We went to recapture those dreams of old.

Tom Grady showed different film clips to help us process the thoughts going through our minds. In one clip, he showed The Kid. Young Rusty is sent forward in time to face himself as a grownup. Now Russ, the professional image consultant grown up, is faced with a troubling fact given by the juvenile Rusty:
"So, I'm forty, I'm not married, I don't fight jets, and I don't have a dog? I grow up to be a loser."
Everything young Rusty dreamed about, everything that was important, he failed to achieve. He certainly made a lot of money, drove a nice car and was very powerful, but what his heart had longed for went unfulfilled.

We also fight constantly to keep our dreams alive. But fight we must. I have chosen to fight through blogging. It allows me to express my dreams. Expression is the first step to my dreams becoming reality. And they are refined and improved by everyone via comments and feedback.

Posting is not for the weak at heart. The weak at heart will not live their dreams. They will be swallowed by the world we live in and lost in the rat race of life. But one day, they will regret that they never really lived. What they longed for went unfulfilled.

Consider William Wallace in Braveheart:
"Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take away our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"
Blog! Holding on to your dreams will be much easier.

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