I believe in having goals and dreams. I really do. I also believe in being practical and making plans. Maybe it's my age or maybe it's my circumstances but I have a different attitude. Lately whenever I read "it's never to late too dream" I want to scream, "You want to bet." I answer "What are your goals?" with "getting to the bathroom" or "making it down the stairs". Does "doing the laundry and napping" count as a goal? I'm sure that more travel is a big goal of mine. Poor Mr. Bruce has to do all the driving so I am not thinking up big, long trips.
I have always been a dreamer. Many eons ago, I discovered the wonderful world of motivational speakers and books. I gobbled that up like it was manna from heaven, because it gave me hope. I was trying to remember whom the first motivational speaker that meant something to me. I think it would be Dr. Normal Vincent Peale and his book "Power of Positive Thinking" Of course, that had a Christian message too.
I quickly found business leaders I liked. I still can quote Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy. I wore out a couple of Wayne Dyer CDs. One of my best jobs was working in a retail store called Successories. (They are on Twitter) I was motivated, however...
Life..that seems to follow the "however". (I know the old saying. "Don't say but, get off your butt". However, anyone who knows me knows I don't talk that way.) We always can't change our situations. People get sick, they age, people die. People lose their jobs, gas reaches $4 a gallon, and cars break down. Marriage, new babies, divorce..that's all part of life. In my case RA has made me change, big time.
You know most of the time when I get mad at the "you are never too old to dream" statement is because I am in my late 60's and these young whipper snappers have their best years ahead of them. I need to remember that they are not talking to "ME" and most could care less what I think.
I do have a bucket list that I change frequently. Sharing a few:
- This is on my mind all the time lately. A website and/or business for people over 65 written by someone over 65, most sites are written either for boomers or for someone who is young.
- Spend a month in Virginia touring as many historical sites as possible.
- Meet some of my online friends in person.
- Write and sell a book.
- Work and travel with Jeanne Robertson...part time, volunteer stuff. I can't keep up with her.
- Make enough money to help others open businesses.
- Travel, travel, travel
- And lastly, live long enough to do all these things and more.