We all have dreams. When we were younger we wanted to be something that we thought was cool. As we get older some of those dreams start to change or we start to make them seem impossible.
I was talking with a friend this past weekend about dreams. My friends views were different from mine. He basically said that there is an expiration date on dreams. I agree with him to a certain point. My dream was to play in the NBA. I know that dream is over unless I hit the fountain of youth and somehow get some athletic ability that I never had. But that should not stop me from being a part of basketball.
Sometimes we shoot for the stars but we land on the moon. And that is okay. Life is not a straight shot. Life is like water running down a stream. It changes direction and finds its way to the destination that it was meant for.
You have to dream and go towards it. You can not just stand still and wait. Just like the water you have to move and shake some things up as you go towards your path.
Also, if time has changed and a certain dream seems impossible, go to the next best thing. You get one shot in life. That’s it. Nothing more. You have to get out there and make it happen. Don’t be afraid to fail. There is no such thing as failure. They are only learning lessons.
I took a photography class in High School. I failed that class. That’s right, I failed the class. I big fat “F”! My mom did not have enough money to buy me a camera. So when it came to class time I struggled because I did not have the equipment to learn. I did the best I could but I failed the class anyway.
Fast forward almost 15 years and I buy my first DSLR in 2004. I never thought in a million years that taking photos was going to be a way that I earn my living. I started dreaming about being a photographer. Understand something, I am married with two grade school children. How the hell was I gonna do this? How was I gonna become a pro photographer with responsibilities and bills. But, I kept dreaming. I kept believing. I went through the struggle. I was 34 years old when I quit my job in 2006 and said I was going to become a photographer. But what is more crazier than that… I sucked at photography.
I kept my dream on my whiteboard. I kept it in my head. I went out and found anyone who could help me become better. I had a dream and I was not going to let it go. I cried, laughed, yelled, screamed, threw things, had all my equipment stolen, had my wife upset with me, used my kids as my light test subjects in the middle of the night, and took a million bad photos.
But I never gave up. You can’t give up. You have to keep dreaming and move towards it one step at a time.
Don’t settle! Keep dreaming! Go towards it! Be like water and find your way!
This photo is from a few years back that I shot for Kern Family Healthcare.