Never Give Up The Dream

Beach scene- never give up the dream!Something interesting happened yesterday that felt like a divine encounter.  After a fun-filled day of boating and exploring the river, I ended up at the beach for an early dinner.  It was such a gorgeous day here in Florida and I was not ready for the day to end.

I ordered some food and was listening to some great live music, but something compelled me to head to the water.  The sand was piled up from the waves and I couldn’t resist sliding down the sand wall.  Then I heard a voice say, “Be careful”.  It was a young kid about 20 years old sitting in the sand, starring at the ocean with his hoodie pulled over his head.  He looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.  

It turns out that basketball is his dream and his whole life revolves around playing basketball.  Unfortunately, he just got cut from the team.  He is totally devastated.  We talked about Micheal Jordan who is probably the greatest all time player ever in history.  Micheal actually didn’t make his high school team and turned out to be a late bloomer.

We talked about NEVER giving up on your dreams no matter how bad it looks in the present moment.  I think many times as young people we don’t really understand that everything comes from within.  

As you get older, you realize that direction comes from yourself, from your own desires and responsibilities.  You choose your work, you choose your life and that’s where your power comes from-and that is a good feeling.  

What do you want your life to look like?

In hindsight, I think that talk was as much for me as it was for him.

What dreams have you given up on?

Are you settling for less than having everything you want?

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself”
Mark Caine