Dream and Live

“Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die tomorrow.” -James Dean

I suppose it’s easy to dream. My six-year-old dreams of being a fireman. I have dreams of walking or running across the US, Forrest Gump-style. But those dreams are the stuff of clouds, the things that probably won’t ever happen.

What if you give your dreams some weight? Give them serious planning, and work at making them happen? If you can dream as if you’ll live forever, then it doesn’t matter how long it will take to fulfill the dream. It doesn’t matter how many obstacles might come up on the way to making it happen. Because you’ve decided it will happen. Maybe not tomorrow, but someday.

I had a dream of racing my car. So I joined a car club, found out when the gearheads went to Racing schools and open track days, and started doing that. Took my car out on some of the bigger tracks in California: Fontana, Irwindale, Willow Springs, even Laguna Seca. Spent money on racing when I had the money; took the time to evolve the dream when I had the time.

The only problem with taking the time when you have it is that you never really know how much more time you’ll have. Planning and working toward to a goal has its place and its payoff, but sometimes, just sometimes, you can look at that money and look at that time and know that it’s not the rational choice to fulfill a dream. But, as it is so eloquently stated, “Screw it.

Live as though you’ll die tomorrow. Do it today. Right now. Not because you should. Because you can.

What is your dream? Are you putting off fulfilling that dream because it’s the right thing to do – wait for the payoff? Or should you throw caution to the wind and just go for it?

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