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Childhood Dreams: Do You Remember?

Updated on July 14, 2013
No longer leading a quiet life of desperation.
No longer leading a quiet life of desperation.
Searching for what? Going nowhere?
Searching for what? Going nowhere?

Do you remember? Resting on the lush, green grass as a child, looking up at the clouds, dreaming of having wings or fantasizing about exotic places far away? Do you remember? Playing with friends and talking about all of the things you would do when you became an adult? Do you remember? Dreaming dreams, making plans, no power on earth could stop you as you prepared to treat life like it was your own personal candy store.

Do you remember?

And as the years slowly trickled by and reality and responsibilities and life happened those dreams became harder to visualize where once there was such clarity. Finally you look back over the landscape of your life and realize that most of those long-ago dreams have disappeared to be replaced by the mortgage and parenthood and credit cards and all the other trappings of life.

Do you remember?

QUIET DESPERATION

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, essayist and philosopher (1817-1862) wrote in his famous work Walden: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” I was thinking of that quote the other day and marveled at how timely that quote was, and is, considering it was written over one-hundred and seventy years ago. Has much changed since the time of Thoreau? Is it as true today as Thoreau believed it to be in 1840?

WHAT WERE YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAMS?

Do you remember? There is only one of mine I remember clearly and that was to become a professional baseball player. How typical is that for a young boy? I held onto that dream through high school and two years of college before the physics of the human body ruled my dream null and void.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/My-Love-Affair-With-Baseball

As for other childhood dreams I simply do not remember them. I have vague recollections of dreams of making a ton of money and traveling around the world and experiencing adventure at every turn, but specifics escape me now that I am in my sixty-third year. Seriously, though, is that not the way of most people? I am more than willing to bet that most people discard childhood dreams as they mature and feel no remorse over their loss. Far more damaging, however, in my humble opinion, are the dreams we dare to dream when we leave childhood in our wake and approach adulthood.

Do you remember?

WHAT WERE YOUR DREAMS IN YOUNG ADULTHOOD?

Now I think we get to the crux of Thoreau’s statement. Once we reach a certain age our dreams become that which we seek for years to come. A happy marriage, healthy children, great job that we love, a little extra money left over with which to enjoy life, all are the dreams and aspirations of most young adults. Are they not? So we begin our adult journey and start taking baby steps to make our dreams a reality.

We find a job that will service us well until we manage to grab hold of the dream job. We start the dating process in hopes of finding the perfect mate with whom we will spend the rest of our lives. We try to tuck a little money away for future investments or to pay for the dream house, and we try to find the time to satisfy our own needs for relaxation and entertainment.

Somewhere along the line, however, progress starts to stall and the occasional hiccup in our plans show up on a more regular basis. It becomes harder to save for that house; the job that you thought was a stepping-stone to greater things becomes a job you can’t do without if you are to pay your bills. The perfect mate appears to be late in arriving and you wonder if maybe you set your sights a bit too high. Bills pile up and responsibilities pile up and now you are working harder for less and any chance of finding time for relaxation and entertainment is slim at best.

What were those dreams again?

Do you remember?

AN EXAMPLE

My father was an athletic, energetic, seemingly happy high school student when The Great Depression sucked the life out of the United States in the mid-1930’s. He dropped out of high school after his sophomore year and “rode the rails” looking for odd jobs around the Midwest so he could earn some money for his parents. When World War 2 began he enlisted in the army and served four years and upon leaving the service in 1945 married my mother. They moved to the West Coast in search of work and settled in Tacoma, Washington where they rented a home and began to chase their own dreams.

The only job my dad could find in 1948 was as a laborer at a sand and gravel pit, certainly not a job he dreamed of but one that paid the bills and allowed my parents to raise enough money to buy a home and adopt yours truly. They were well on their way to achieving some of the things they had talked about when they first married and the future looked bright.

My dad remained as a laborer at that sand and gravel pit for twenty-one years until his death in 1969. As a family we always had enough to meet basic needs but rarely did we have extra. Dad would pick up added shifts whenever they were available; mom, who started out as a stay-at-home mother, took to working full-time to help pay the bills.

I grew up watching the dreams slowly disappear from these good, honest people. Towards the end of my dad’s life he smiled less, moved slower and somewhere along the way the spark in his eyes disappeared. In other words, he had led a life of quiet desperation until that life finally ended.

DOES THAT HAPPEN TODAY?

We are now in year four of the current economic recession, or is it five or six? The gap between the Have’s and the Have Not’s is widening with each passing year. Real estate took a nose dive from which it will be very slow to recover and former executives vie for menial jobs with high school dropouts.

Do you remember?

I don’t believe it is my imagination when I say that there appears to be more unhappiness in the world than any time in my lifetime. I base that statement solely on casual observation. People seem to be ruder than they once were; violence seems to dominate the nightly news and alcohol and drug abuse seem to be the norm rather than the exception.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Become-An-Alcoholic

Do you remember?

So many kids that I taught, kids who once had dreams of unlimited possibilities, seem today to be resigned to a lifetime of sand and gravel jobs. So many friends of mine can barely pay their bills and are trying to keep afloat in a sea of rising debt. So many couples who once laughed and played and loved fiercely now seem to go through the motions of marriage, their main focus just getting through another day.

Do you remember?

AND NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY

Well, I hate to drop this bomb on you but there is no rest of the story. Does any of this sound familiar? Do you find yourself in a similar situation? Are you living a life of quiet desperation? If you are, do you have an escape plan?

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Saying-Goodbye-To-A-Life-That-Wasnt-Working

I have no solution for you if you are living this type of existence. I had a solution for myself and I am now living free of the self-imposed restrictions. I make no claims that it was easy nor do I claim that my plan would work for anyone else. What I do claim, however, is that life is too short to be miserable and to just resign ourselves to misery is a disservice to ourselves and our loved ones.

Look back over the landscape of your life. Go back to the early days.

Do you remember?

Do you feel like you are living a life of quiet desperation?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you are a hoot. I would laugh all day around you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mathira, I hope that seed of wish sprouts soon for you. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dahlia...I'm glad you found this old article of mine. Yes, dreams can come true. Wishing you many of them.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Go figure; we were not even Catholic! Maybe the singing nun impressed me? lol

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, I too had a childhood dream. I felt my name should be recognized by others. I was a typical Indian wife till my husband was alive. But the small seed of wish I had is sprouting. Hope to achieve some percentage of my dream. Inspiring to me as always, billy.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a beautiful hub Bill. One of my childhood dreams has become a reality recently and I am very happy over it. Dreams do come true, don't they? I live in that hope :)

      Thank you for sharing this with us. Have a lovely weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie! I don't even remember when I wrote this, but I'm glad you found it. A nun???? Thank goodness not! LOL

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A fun read! Glad to find this Bill; must have been before I knew you.

      My mom said I always said I wanted to be a ballerina dancer or a nun or nothing, just like her. lol

      Up and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Freeze, that is a great story, one of perseverance and desire. I love it! Thank you for sharing that with me. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Another great hub, billybuc! I always dreamt of becoming a teacher. I always knew that was going to be my "dream" job. When I fractured my skull in a bicycle accident at the age of eleven, I knew at that moment that I would focus my teaching on special education. My dream wasn't easy to achieve, but I did graduate with honors with two majors. The only dream that never came true was living close to family and friends. I had to move where the teaching jobs were and I'm still living paycheck to paycheck, but I wouldn't change it for anything!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lastheart, thank you; I can't imagine a world without dreaming either.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I am a dreamer and I can not imagine myself without dreams. I love to remember and recreate...it helps in my future plans. I love this hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary,exactly my point of view. I could have done things differently or taken a safer route, but that just isn't the way I rock n roll. :) Thank you my friend! Have a great weekend.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I can't complain about my life. Most of my dreams have come true, I think. I always think of Frank Sinatra singing "I did it my way". Yes, we may have regrets (but only a few), but we did it "my way".

      Great Hub. I voted it UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, thank you...on another note, Bev and I are talking about maybe getting a small RV in three years....I'll be using you as a source of information. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Childhood dreams, even if they don't come true, do influence the shape of our lives. I did dream of flying (with wings, not airplanes!), traveling across the country in my 1949 Pontiac with my cousin, becoming a hippie and writing poetry in Greenwich Village...While none of those exact dreams came true, my more mature dreams of writing, painting and traveling in an RV across country, did become reality.

      I love your writing, and the way you led your reader through the progression of our dreams. It's good for us to look back now and then! Thanks Bill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ashish, it is my pleasure.

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      Ashish Joshi 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Sir for that 'Bless you'...means a lot.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ashish, I am so happy for you; bless you and may you continue to find peace and happiness in your chosen field.

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      Ashish Joshi 5 years ago from India

      Yeah actually I do remember.

      I remember the day my grandpa passed away supposedly due to medical negligence, and that was the day I decided I had to be a doctor. I was 11 then I guess. And today, I'm living that dream.

      And I'm missing him a lot.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heather, thank you and I loved the poem. Always nice to hear from someone who has lived in Washington.

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      Heather 5 years ago from Utah

      Reminded me of this poem:

      Dreams

      by Langston Hughes

      Hold fast to dreams

      For if dreams die

      Life is a broken-winged bird

      That cannot fly.

      Hold fast to dreams

      For when dreams go

      Life is a barren field

      Frozen with snow.

      Thank you. Enjoyed, and remembered dreams of childhood. Nice piece. (I lived in Bellingham,WA for a year. Fond memories of the beauty of Washington.)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Sparrow, we will pray for a miracle then! :) Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      rdsparrowriter 5 years ago

      Hi billy :) This is a cool hub. It brought so many past memories:) The things which I thought of becoming oneday.. a detective, a historian, a missionary :) The thing is that if my mom sends me out of her sight, it'll be a miracle :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Snowdrops, never forget your dreams. Add to them and then start realizing them. Nothing is forever except death and you are so young...hold onto your dreams! Thank you my dear and have a wonderful weekend in the big city!

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      I have dreamed of being an astronaut..a priestess..and a spy.. :) This hub made me go back on my childhood days again and remember once more. :))

      Very great hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dreaming is a great defense mechanism, Teresa, one I have used often over the years. Thank you my friend and I hope you had a peaceful and relaxing weekend.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Super hub, and sad too, about your parents, but thanks for sharing that with us. I remember so many of my childhood dreams, and I still often dream. Dreaming helps keep me sane, and lifts my spirits when I'm feeling down.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Dancilla; I actually liked that hub; there are some you kind of luck and some you think are horrible but that one I liked and I'm glad you did too.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      This is a wonderful hub, it made me realize some childhood dreams that I had. Who knows one of these days in the future it will happen. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baby, that is an excellent point...there have been dreams of mine that were not even close to being what I imagined...live and learn for sure. I really appreciate you reading two of my hubs today...thank you!

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      Deborah Turner 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      Wonderful hub. Yes it seems like life takes over a bit and we put our dreams aside to make a life for our families, but dreams can still happen. Sometimes the dream you though that you wanted really turned out to be something completely different.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a wonderful gift that song is...thank you for sharing that. I no longer feel guilt over the issue of my father..I wish I could have set aside pride long enough to try to find common ground with him, but the hubris of youth and the stubbornness of the experienced could find no common ground at that time. Thus we learn!

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      You were a very strong and wise young man and it took great courage and emotional intelligence to make that stand against your father. There is nothing for you to feel guilty about. Here is a small gift - This song was composed by the Sioux people, as a tribute to their chief and great warrior "Crazy Horse"

      http://youtu.be/xvGiYFOx5T4

      There is more than one way to fight and the battles you have fought are far more important than any of those fought in Indo-China.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clover, I lived in Vermont for two years and instantly fell in love with that area of the country. I will try to hold down my jealousy and simply say thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah, Xavier, a fair question to be sure...we fought about the entire nature of the war. I saw no point in it and he felt that if the government said it was necessary then it was our duty as citizens to support the war.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, simple is often the best. If my hubs do that for you then I am grateful and quite pleased with the result. Thank you friend!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Hey, billybuc..cloverleaffarm is my farm in NH. Check out www.cloverleaffarmnh.com if you want.

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Another great installment in the ever increasing billybuc series of a wake up to life and live it in the now!

      I have wanted to ask before but felt the timing was wrong so I will ask now. What was it about the Vietnam War that you and your Dad argued about?

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Bill what I like about your hubs is that you make a reader go inside them...my childhood memories were simple yet wonderful.

      Voted up indeed!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, you are way too kind but I thank you nonetheless. I had similar things to say about you on your hub just a few minutes ago. Thank you very much and I'm glad it struck a note for you.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Billybuc, this was simply excellent. Not only did it take me back in time to a simpler place - but it also asks a valid and timely question of society at the same time: What happens when an entire society becomes narcissistic and entitled - while at the same time their opportunities shrink around them? Impressive,sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, what a lovely human being you are. Thank you and you can drop by ten times if you want; there will always be a comfy chair and a cup of tea waiting for your visits. :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I loved this beautiful gem;actually I thought that I had commented once;so if I have please excuse me as i comment again.It is certainly worth two visits and more so i will bookmark as well as vote up.

      Take care my friend and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shimmering, you are very welcome. I was just reading one of your hubs and it was lovely. Peace and love to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, for five years now I have lived by your philosophy...today is all I have...great to hear from you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Raciniwa, I have heard of them both and I agree with you, we have so much to learn. My best to you and yours and thank you for your timely comment.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Bill, this is so good... you sent me on a trip...I guess most of my dreams have come true..except for the one's i refined and changed later... I always wanted to be a doctor... But ended up in the mental health field.. :) Have a blessed day! Peace and love.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Enjoyable hub Billybuc. Times are hard now, there is no doubt. I do have memories of past dreams, but don't dwell on them. Today is the day I have...gonna do the best I can to make it a good one and hope for a better one. Vote up!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Now, I do remember...have you heard about the Global Family that tries to run the economy of the whole world? And of the Dragon Family of China who sued America because it refused to pay the gold reserves they left to its bank during WWII?

      How's that for sabotaging all our lives, letting us eked out a leaving of currency that is not a currency at all...we have so much to learn on how our leaders tried to control our lives by making us their business...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I would say things are going quite well for you and for that I am happy. Thanks again for commenting and sharing part of your story.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faceless, I greatly appreciate those words. I guess my high school English teacher knew what he was talking about. :) Best of luck with your dreams in the future.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      No, I wouldt't give the money away either. I have some plans what I would do if I had just a little more. For now I'm happy to be healthy, have two wonderful kids, have a job to go to every morning and we are able to build ourselves the house we want. :)

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      Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Wow! Fantastic writing style, and wonderful topic and hub! Rated up and across, and bookmarked. A great read, and great memories.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that's not a bad duet partner! I can think of a lot worse! Bev and I still go to the park and lay on the grass and look up at the clouds...great way to clear the mind and relax. Thanks as always for dropping by. :)

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I used to lay on my back in my yard, and see how many faces I could pick out in the puffy white clouds. I saw ice cream cones, and bibical faces. It was blissful. No bills, no heartaches yet, no heartburn, no job, nothing. My dream was to grow up and sing a duet with Bing Crosby. Well, I chose the path to follow music, but I only sang with Crosby when he sang on the radio. Not disappointed though, I still sing with him at Christmas time, White Christmas. hummmmmmmm.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you b. Malin and it's nice having you along on this journey. I will check out your hubs and we'll grow together. My best to you and yours.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Found your Hub very Thought Provoking Billybuc. I think only we can create our own Dreams and Happiness...Childhood can sometimes be painful, through no fault of our own... And sometimes we just dream of escaping...And as grownups, we make a lot of decisions and take chances and just hope for the best. But somewhere in between, a Job, paying bills, one should have dreams and put a little something aside to have those dreams. come true!

      I look forward to Following your Hubs.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, thank you and I'm glad you loved it. Don't get me wrong; if I had a bit more money I wouldn't give it away, but at least I have found happiness without it. Bless you and my best to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sonya, if you are wobbling on the edge then you are almost there. Wishing you the best as you decide what your next step will be. It's a scary thing, standing on the precipice, but for me it was equally scary remaining there. Thank you, as always, for your loyal following.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I love this hub! It really makes the readers think about their lives. My life isn't really what I imagined it to be, but you can't have it all. You need to be happy about the things you have in life instead of longing for something you will never get, like lots of money. What would you do with all that money anyway? Really good hub, billybuc. :)

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      It is true that we spend so much of our short time on this planet scrabbling around for money, often in crushing jobs. So many people have said that if you do what you love, then all good things will follow and the universe will provide. But how scary it is to take that first step. You must be so happy to have taken the leap and come through the other side. I'm still wobbling on the edge... Loved reading this.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cloverleaffarm, is that just a screen name or is there really a farm by that name? Thank you for taking the time to write a meaningful comment and I for one am glad you returned to writing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well there you go then Flora; best of luck to you and thanks for dropping by.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      The reality of needing to pay your bills is a big factor in any young adult dreams not coming true as you often have to take what job you can get. As for my childhood dreams, I don't think they were realistic and that's okay too. I would have loved to pay to pay my bills regularly via artistic careers, but that doesn't happen. And wanting to eat food is a big motivator in settling, as it were, for any job you can find whether you hate or simply tolerate it.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      From the time I was 7, I wanted to be a writer. While life took it's twists and turns, I put it aside. Now, I have more to write about. I did other things along the way, that I would never have expected, such as owning a cleaning business, but I think life as one flows through life, we should get out of the boat once in a while and enjoy what we have. Great hub. I like thought provoking ideas.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Old Albion, thank you sir! I always appreciate you dropping by and commenting. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi billybuc. My compliments billy another fine observation on life.

      Best Wishes. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you sabrani and I agree...if you don't mind that the dreams didn't work out that is great..there is nothing wrong with life getting in the way if you like the life that got in the way...:) But if one feels trapped and settles for trapped then I think that is unforgivable. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit.

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Great hub! This wasn't one of those typical how-to hubs or hubs full of tips but rather one that made you sit back and think. I remember being young and thinking of all the great things I would do when I was older. But life got in the way. I don't think I mind that much, but you can always dream.

      Another wonderful hub, voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jools...all I can do is throw this stuff out there and hope that it makes people reflect. Changes can be made but one has to be willing to make them happen, and my fear is that willingness is in short supply. Bless you and keep doing what you do.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Billy, as always your hubs make me think about things more deeply. Philosophy is meant to be timeless and universal I think. A very thoughtful, interesting hub. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sky...a very sincere thank you! I'm not sure what it is I'm pursuing...in truth, I'm just speaking from the heart and trying, I guess, to stir things up a bit with my words. Where are the firebrands in our society today? Why have the majority just thrown in the towel? Maybe growing up in the 60's was bad for me because I keep thinking that kind of revolution is still possible and maybe it isn't in today's society....as long as there are people like you who still believe then I will keep writing. I truly do appreciate you Sky; don't give up the fight!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My dear Poetvix...I always believe it is possible to achieve..and I do believe it is possible to save the world...and I do believe it is possible to do mass amounts of good....but we all need to knock down the walls that keep us from at least trying. We have become conditioned to just not try once things seem insurmountable. When did that condition start in this country? There are little people making a huge difference and thank God they didn't quit when the obstacles became large. Keep doing what you are doing. I am a believer in you! Get your ass out there and save the world!

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      You my dear sir can easily become if you are not already and I am the one finding out. You are already an institution of one .

      You are speaking pure truth and the reason I am convinced is because, you are speaking through yourself, and of yourself .

      I believe if you see a problem and it goes on to be the problem that's destroying you , then you are the problem , and if you see answers then you are the answer.

      Every single point you made I can identify with.I wrote a poem about this only this morning but in a different fashion.

      I am quite grateful for the topics you write about and how you write them, that 's why am so content of living in this Big , little world . It's big enough for what we need , but small compared to most others of it's kind.

      Great work and continued blessing in your pursuit billy.

      Bless.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Things do seem to be getting worse just as you say. Misery is in abundance. The dreams of childhood gave us the juice to grow. We needed them. We need them now as adults more than ever. Perhaps, it is not that they are not attainable but more so that we are conditioned to believe they are not due to the massive amounts of negative things we are surrounded by in the media. How many times do we hear a success story in relation to how many times we hear of wars, of economic failures, of terrible and sad things. I have to believe it's still possible to succeed at whatever one works hard enough at. This was very interesting to read and I thank you for reminding me that at one time I really thought it was possible to save the world.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, great thoughts on this Sunday morning! Yes, I have seen that movie and of course, being a thinker and a baseball fan, I loved it. I do believe people get beaten down to the point where they no longer even consider chasing a dream, that they think they have no choice but to accept the status quo, and that I think is sad. Thank you as always for stopping by and leaving a quality comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Deep thoughts in this hub post, billybuc. Have you ever seen the movie The Rookie with Dennis Quaid? There is so much about the following of dreams and regrets in this movie. His father made a statement to him (more or less) about accepting what life hands you and forgetting about your dreams. Sometimes our paths change for one reason or another and we have to adjust our view of life.

      I don't believe in determinism or fate; but I do believe our lives follow a path as we live step by step, the fork in the road is a real decision maker. My life's theme is based upon the Biblical verse Jer 29:11 which states that there is a plan for our life and it is made perfect as we seek the guidiance of God in our life.

      Do I remember my dreams? Yes, some I have lived, some are yet to come and some I have let go because, what matters more in life is how you make it balance out. I think your father did what he could to make things work and was committed. This is admirable. Great hub and voted up for the thought challenge people need to consider!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I truly do appreciate you. It is a pleasure to meet a true gentleman in the truest sense of that word. You are absolutely correct about the Native Americans and today's expectations. I know you realize this; now let's see if we can't shake a few other million up. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, the first thing everyone should do is read your hub on grocery shopping tips so they can start saving money...one small step towards changing their lives. :) Thank you my dear; I appreciate you more than you will ever know. If I hadn't had the encouragement from you and a couple other hubbers early on I might not have stayed...thank you!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      You have placed into words the lives of millions of humans every ware.I see it every day as you stated also. Is it that we expected too much, or is that the way this country has developed since the "Finding of the new world". I don't believe that the native Americans had this problem. Or for that matter many other older groups of peoples. I feel this "country" has been raised with this false expectation and that the true answer comes from realizing our lives from those inner "dreams".

      Thank you for sharing this Bill, It is something we all need to face.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I love Thoreau's statement. I refuse to stay in a pattern of quiet desperation, too. I have an escape hatch. It takes time to change things up, especially in a recession, but your hub is going to help lots of people, billy. I'm going to do the things I want, by golly. With each passing year, sure, it gets harder: life gets in the way. But you always have to remember to get in the way of life so that you can do what you're supposed to do. Bravo. Voted up/B/I/A

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, it's always nice to see your smiling face in the morning. You are correct of course; many of our roadblocks are manufactured in our mind and only we can knock them down. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Really great piece that made me really sit back and think.

      I think that all too often we get stuck in the thought pattern of 'I'll do this and have the better job soon' or the different house or start working out, or, or, or. We invent all these roadblocks that 'get in the way' of life, but these obstacles are life!

      Voted up and beautiful