Don’t Let Your Dreams Die

At times, hope is all we have

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I often think of that carnival game where you throw a hardball at these furry little pop-ups and hopefully, slam them down. Get ’em to stay down and you win a prize. At times, I feel as if those furry guys are a metaphor for my life. I imagine a place or a goal, and shit happens, giving it the big kibosh. COVID-19, climate change, politics, life; it can all leave you feeling completely defeated.

Human beings are resilient and born to persevere. Still, how many times can you be beaten down before you give up? It always looks easier for other people. And sometimes, you have the passion and wherewithal, but others are hell bent on convincing you that it ain’t gonna happen. How do you navigate all that?

When It Looks Easy It Probably Isn’t

Because we’re human, it would be difficult not to compare our own lives with others. Your neighbor tells you that he’s taking his family to their lake house and you think, why don’t I have a lake house?

I had a friend who was always boasting about what he could afford to buy. He had no problem spending $500 on a meal and he flew first class every time he travelled. I won’t lie, I was jealous. He crashed and burned; I learned that he was losing his home and his car because he was spending money he didn’t have. Things are not always as they seem, as they say.

What to Say to People Who Try to Squash Your Dreams

  • I’m aware of all of the obstacles that could get in my way, however, I’m committed to giving it a try.
  • Will you help me make it happen?
  • I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you, but it’s important to me that I give it a go.
  • Fuck off why don’t you!

Put Your Dreams in Writing

I love the saying, “If you can see it, you can have it.” You can only manifest something if you truly want it and believe it’s possible. If you have a dream, and I hope you do, make it real by putting your words down on paper or . . . tell others about it — that makes it more real as well.

I’m going to practice what I preach by putting my own dreams in writing:

  • I want to wake up in a home that is mine, right on a river, a lake, or an ocean. I want to see nothing but water.
  • I want to pay for a child’s college education.
  • I would like to spend zero time thinking about what others think.
  • I would like to soon be what I think is my ideal healthy weight (about 180 pounds).
  • I would like to fall head over heels in love again.

I think my main point — sometimes it takes me awhile to get there, is that you cannot allow all the noise and naysayers to stop you from believing anything is possible.

Just finished the Naomi Osaka tennis player’s documentary (miniseries on Netflix). I cannot begin to imagine what this woman will accomplish in her lifetime. I’m blown away by her determination and grace.

Travel

Back to Vila Real de Santo Antonio tomorrow for a few days. This place may become my home away from home. The Pousada is exceptional and I need to return.

Stockholm is looking pretty solid for late August. Lyon in September, London in October, Asia in January, Cuba in February, Toulouse in April, and Basel Switzerland in June. There will be stops in between, however, the planning will cease until this virus calms down a bit. Many of these trips had been scheduled and were postponed.

Don’t Stop Believin’

Journey

Just a small town girl
Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train goin’ anywhereA singer in a smokey room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on, and on, and onStrangers, waitin’
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows
Searchin’ in the night
Streetlights, people
Livin’ just to find emotion
Hidin’ somewhere in the nightWorkin’ hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice
Just one more time
Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and onStrangers waitin’
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows
Searchin’ in the night
Streetlights, people
Livin’ just to find emotion
Hidin’ somewhere in the nightDon’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight, people
Don’t stop, believin’
Hold on
Streetlights, peopleDon’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight, people

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Neal Schon / Steve Perry / Jonathan Cain