My Uncle is still hanging in there but he is on life support. The doctors have indicated that soon my two Aunts – Jo and Bridie – will have to make the decision as to whether or not to turn the life support machine off.
It is one of those gut-wrenching decisions no one ever wants to have to make. It is a decision you hope never pertains to someone you know.
This week I have thought about my Uncle Sean a lot. And how he always wanted to go to California. He dreamed of driving up and down the California coast in an American car – maybe a Corvette – and breathing in all the sights he had seen in the movies and read about in books.
I’m California Dreaming, he would say. Just like the song.
Now it seems that my Uncle Sean will never get to California. That saddens me. I know what it’s like when dreams remain elusive.
In the comments of the last post I said to Karen that you’ve got to chase your dreams really hard. My Uncle Sean used to say that too. Wishing for dreams isn’t enough – you’ve got to do what you have to so they will happen. And don’t stop trying.
Don’t ever stop trying.
The photo above is of the path that leads up to the grounds of Sydney University. The girl walking away has just graduated. She will be pursuing a career in Law. She was full of hope for the future. It struck me as I saw her walking along that pathway that she was following her dream; that the path that led to the university also led away from it – right out into the big, wide world.
It also struck me that taking the path that allows you to follow your dream is scary, but it’s a necessary kind of scary. Following dreams is scary business. But not as scary as not following them.
We all have dreams.
All of us.
I want you to promise me something.
Please continue to follow your dreams. To chase them.
I want you to know that the hard work will be worth it.
I want you to know that even though some people in your life might think that your dreams are a waste of time and kind of want you to fail, that you can succeed and I don’t think any kind of dream is a waste.
It’s just like Elvis said :
I’m gonna follow that dream wherever that dream may lead
You’ll go down unfamiliar paths. You’ll most likely be afraid and unsure. But the rewards will be worth the effort.
So please, please, please keep on trying.
And who knows – one day we all just might make it to California.