The year was 2005.
I was living large, I would think. At that point, I was working at a daily newspaper with a baseball beat and loving life.
I actually still got raises. There weren’t weeks of furloughs. We had a good staff. I had been full time, at that point, for about a year.
The archives that far back for the newspaper I was at are no longer there, so I can’t even find the stories I was writing back then. But January usually came with wrestling tournaments, basketball games, and the announcement of the new manager for the short-season Single-A team in town.
That team, unfortunately, is now gone.
At that point in my life, I believed in what I was doing. Of course, I also thought it was a stepping stone. I’d eventually go on to much bigger and better things. The money, of course, would eventually rain down on me.
Though no awards had come my way yet, I’d eventually win or be part of six. Pretty cool.
Still, I dreamed.
I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer, and I think that is part of being a writer. Think big. Dream bigger. At times, though, I can also be a realist. And with that comes the reality that I knew newspapers weren’t always going to be at the top of the news heap. I tried to stay positive, but I think I knew.
So 10 years ago, I was probably dreaming.
Of lottery wins and traveling around the world; of perfect jobs and a financial windfall so I no longer had to worry about bills and student loans; of dream cars and things to do in life; of anything to make sure I’d be happy throughout life.
Of course, what followed over the course of the next few years didn’t always work out well.
That usually means a change in reality, but not so much the dreams. Those … they remain the same. It’s hard to change certain dreams and desires.
It’s a safe bet that 10 years ago, I was dreaming. Dreaming big and with a smile.
Life isn’t always easy. Even when one thinks it is, it often changes. Those dreams … they are what get us through. It’s impossible for them to come true, if you never have them.
Dare to dream and dare to chase those dreams.
Ten years ago, I was probably doing just that. Ten years from now, I’ll probably be doing the same.
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