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Inspirations, Out With Them!

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Oct 28, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Watched The Rookie yesterday and while it was a great flick (perhaps unexpected is a better term) it got me thinking.

    How many of us go from birth to death with dreams that are never achieved.

    I don't mean to sound depressing and sad but you know something? More people fail than have the liberty, the health, money to achieve something they have always dreamed of.

    The American culture is so upbeat about heros on TV, music videos, they rarely concentrate on smaller --and larger-- heros like your parents, brothers and/or sisters. Some uncle or aunt that took you over when something has happened to your parents.

    The Rookie was inspiring because the guy didn't have great health and certainly very little money, AND it was a true story of Jim Morris.

    But movies like, aw gawd, if I start listing them I will run out of room in this post.

    Had a dream snuffed? Anyone? Here's my hand up, all the way up.

    Wanted to be a Hockey player, played my ass off all my life. Lack of money and parental support chucked that one down the drain.

    Wanted to be a doctor, volunteered in a hospital for three years, got great grades and the only Med School that accepted me was Lviv Medical school in Ukraine. Not to mention the money and the years to put in this while my family starved. Pooped on that idea.

    But you know something?

    If I were to look back on my life, and I mean REALLY look at every person that came through my life, rubbed elbows with me, gave me advice, honed my skills at being a better human being, the teachers who taught me, I don't think I would have chosen a better life. I like this one.

    Movies are great to inspire a dormant dream within us, but looking around the people I am surrounded, including this forum, I think I did good.

    How many people in this forum have had a dream to do something and never quite achieved it because of the cards you were dealt?
  2. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    Inspirations, In With Them!

    Professionally, through most of my early undergraduate/graduate schooling I desperately wanted to be a professor at a research university. As I moved closer to graduating, the reality of the competitiveness for these positions, the need to continue as a post-doc for several years at not much more money than graduate-level stipend, a bit of disillusionment with the way the research funding game is played, and a wife that wanted children, it was pretty easy to drop the dream when I got a fair job offer. Things have worked out well, but I admit I still wonder how it might have been.

    As for the inspiration, I say, in the inspirational style of <a href="http://www.dickvitaleonline.com/">Dickie V</a>, "bring it on, baby! Inspiration is prime time, baby! Etc., baby!" These type stories are important because I think one of the worst challenges for someone growing up today is the constant cynicism they face. They're told their school system sucks, the environment is polluted, they won't have jobs, all politicians are corrupt, the rich and powerful can get away with anything, etc. These profiles provide a powerful counter to that cynicism by showing that seemingly normal people can succeed and flourish if they don't give up.
  3. DSL Dan

    DSL Dan Registered User

    <i>Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and
    go to the grave with the song still in them.</i>
    --Henry David Thoreau

    May we all seize the opportunity to sing--if not the whole <i>song</i>, perhaps just a few <i>notes</i> every now and then.
  4. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Like Ethics, I too wanted to be a professional hockey player. (Hey...I was raised in Canada, what do you expect??) :) I dedicated most, if not all of my childhood to it playing on both the "A" travel team and then also playing in some "house" leagues for some extra ice time. During the off season, I would go to hockey camp after hockey camp, usually 3 or 4 per off season, to continue to hoan my skills.

    Then came by sophomore year of high school. It was about 1/2 way through the season when I took a bad hit along the boards. I instantly fell to the ice and couldn't move anything below my waist. The paramedics had to be called and I was taken off the ice on a board.

    Luckily, a few hours later in the hospital I regained feeling and movement. It turns out that I had a couple of bad vertebrae, one of which must of got hit just the "right way" during the game. The shock that was created shut down my spinal cord on a temporary basis.

    While I was incredibly happy to be walking and given the all clear, the bad news quickly followed. The spinal specialist came in before I left to tell me that I should never play hockey again. His fear was that if I took one more hit like before, that I may not ever walk again.

    At first, I was devastated. However, in time I came to terms with the realization that I would never play the game I loved again. I looked back at all the wonderful experiences I had with hockey (Skated with Wayne Getzky, Gordy Howe, Paul Coffee, and various members of the Calgary Flames. Played an exhibition game in the Saddle Dome the day before it officially opened. Sat right behind the Flames bench for the first game played at the Saddle Dome, etc.) and felt very privileged to have at least experienced that much.

    Even now, many years later, I have no regrets or disappointments. I figure that everything happens for a reason, and every experience leads you to your next adventure. Im at a point in my life where I have a good and successful career, a wonderful loving wife, and a beautiful baby girl. Add in the wonderful friends and family and I dont know if its possible for me to have a better life.

    So my dream of playing hockey never came true. But my dream of a good and happy life has come true many times over. For that, I am forever thankful!
  5. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Passed Away June 15th, 2009

    I wanted to be an astronomer. When I found out astronomers made less money than astrologers I gave that up.
  6. RRedline

    RRedline Veteran MMember

    When I was in fifth and sixth grades, I wanted to be an astronomer too! I got a telescope for Christmas one year, and I was outside all winter trying to find interesting things in the sky. Unfortunately, it didn't get much more interesting that looking at the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. Once you've seen those, you can pretty much put your telescope back in the box.
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Bah, at least you got that far. We were so poor the "telescope" I had was a pair of binoculars. :)
  8. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Passed Away June 15th, 2009

    What about the Messiers?
  9. RRedline

    RRedline Veteran MMember

    Well my parents had just gotten divorced that December, and my aunt and grandmother bought me the telescope. Trust me, I was not raised in a wealthy family.

    I actually got more use out of that thing by looking at people's houses. We had a yard that went up a hill, and from there you could see for miles al the way to "town." My sister and I used to see who could read the billboards and signs on top of buildings. Oh yeah, and let's not forget the moon. I used it to look at the moon too!
  10. RRedline

    RRedline Veteran MMember

    I'm not even sure what those are. Aren't they galaxies? If so, then no, I never saw any galaxies in my telescope, at least if I did, I couldn't tell that that's what they were.

    "Hey, I think I saw the Milky Way once!" <--- I'm joking.
  11. yazdzik

    yazdzik Veteran Member

    I wanted to be able to post long rambling incoherent messages to website forums.
  12. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  13. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    Can I nominate this as the post of the week?! rofl
  14. DSL Dan

    DSL Dan Registered User

    Is there anything more refreshing than a man who's unafraid to poke a little fun at himself? You are alright, Martin. :thumbsup:
  15. jamming

    jamming Banned

    This is a story that a friend of mine had published in a magazine. All the typing errors are mine.

    Some of you will say, just a coincidence. I say to that. Yeah, sure. Maybe for you and me it was, but for then Lieutenant (now Major) Michael Hart and his battalion, it was the miracle that kept them alive and from loosing friends in that mindfield. There are other such coincidences, that reach so far against what is probable. This was one, but if you want to read others take a look at Guideposts, a small monthly magazine. Major Halt's story was in the November 2002 Issue.

    There are people who experience these coincidences and write about a few of them. This is not for your timid atheists, so be warned. This monthly magazine is about 14$ for a years subscription. The magazine is an interfaith magazine founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of "The Power of Positive Thinking"
  16. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    If ever those guys were in two minds as to whether to have Faith or not , that certainly would have helped them decide.

    This thread could get very deep and meaqningful me thinks. We all dream to a greater or lesser extent. It depends how much we expect from life and is coupled with how sophisticated a view of it we have. If we all achieved our dreams there would be a world full of stars, no stars to admire and to give us enjoyment resulting in a lot of sameness which I suppose would get boring. DSLDan hits a few sensible notes here,
    "May we all seize the opportunity to sing--if not the whole song, perhaps just a few notes every now and then."
    And a sense of humour as Yaszdik has helps too when the load gets a bit much as it does at times.
    I always think of that Nietzche[?] quote 'That which doesn't destroy me makes me stronger" when things get tough. But hey, its Friday night here. Things could be worse.
  17. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Is this what the movie Hart's War with Bruce WIllis was based on?
  18. jamming

    jamming Banned

    No, not at all, Hart's War is a WW2 Prison Camp movie.

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