To me one of the greatest “Rolling Stones” lyrics ever is “Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind”. I couldn’t imagine life without my dreams. I believe that we all need something to strive for, reach for, a goal to march towards. Dreams drive ordinary people towards greatness, they make the impossible real, and all of life’s struggles worth enduring.
At times in my life I have doubted my dream. Frustration and difficulty tricked me into believing the cynical nature of the world. I thought about giving up, letting go like a child who loses their grip on a string attached to a balloon, sadly watching it drift further and further away. From time to time we need to be reminded that many things are possible if you want them enough.
My latest reminder came in the life story of a woman who died over 50 years before I was born, Amelia Earhart. She is remembered as one of aviation’s great pioneers. A record breaker, a national celebrity, history’s most famous aviatrix, Amelia Earhart defied convention and chased her dreams.
From the moment she took her first ride in an airplane she was committed to learning how to fly. To me this is the most inspirational part of her story and one of the things that I will always remember about her. Amelia Earhart decided she wanted to fly and pursued that dream with all of her power. She took various jobs, working as a truck driver, a photographer, and a stenographer to save up the $1000 she needed for flying lessons. In 1921 1000 dollars was a massive sum of money, probably equal to about $25,000 in todays dollars.
Could you save up $25,000 dollars? I believe you could if you really wanted it badly enough. Amelia found her dreams and never stopped chasing it. She used that $1000 to buy flying lessons and eventually her buy her own plane. She went onto become a respected leader in her profession, know all over America.
The world has changed a great deal since 1921, but one things remain unchanged. If you want something badly enough and are willing to put in the work, I think you have a pretty good shot at making it happen. Hold your dreams close and when you begin to experience doubt or you start to lose hope think of Amelia Earhart and keep going.