Dreams at Every Age

Blaine Smith's Father
Milton A. Smith
Endurance Cycling Title Winner

Blaine Smith, who writes Nehemiah Notes, said the following in his latest e-letter:

"When my father was a high school junior, he locked into a dream: he would become the world’s champion endurance bicyclist.

An audacious aspiration for a frail sixteen-year-old with no previous athletic Achievements to his credit, we might say.

Not as it turned out."

Blaine Smith also wrote:
"We need dreams like the air we breathe. We need them in career, education, relationships, avocations, lifestyle, personal development and growth. And we need fresh dreams throughout our life; when one is realized, it's important to replace it with another, that we remain forever in a growth mode. Major dreams may be realized even at unlikely points in life. Architect Henry J. Magaziner published his first book at 89, The Golden Age of Ironwork--a coffee-table volume that received critical acclaim. Magaziner did not begin this project until he was 81."

I love to collect examples of people who achieved unlikely goals. I especially love these kinds of reminders that all is not lost when the first flush of youth is past (or even the last flush of youth!). We can see dreams fulfilled at 40, 50, 60, 70, 80. There is always a new thing to work for and toward. Of course, it's up to us to figure out what that thing is. Blaine Smith writes articles that help people in achieving their potential. I would encourage you to read the whole article. His articles to always thought-provoking and encouraging.

1 comment:

Beth H said...

Thanks, Dixie. That is very inspiring.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden