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January 25, 2014

ROWLAND: Dreams meant to be chased at full speed with caution

MILLEDGEVILLE — I once read a book about milestones. For the life of me, I cannot remember the title, but the essence of the book was how we react at the various milestones in our lives.

Becoming a teenager is one such milestone; turning 16, then 18, and then 21. Each of us can identify with the reasons those ages resonate as special times.

Beyond 21, each decade marks a pathway into new and changing life experiences.  Consider where you were in your life at 30, and 40, and even 50 — 50 — I could write a book about how the half-century mark has meant new and amazing experiences.

Of course I am a dreamer, always have been. According to Webster, a dream in this context is something you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time. I’ll buy that except for the long time part.

I just think dreams are more easily realized than that, especially if you chase them at full speed. Two recent experiences worth sharing come to mind.

My nephew just moved to Nashville to pursue a music and song-writing career. I know that is a dream of his, and I have been an advocate for this journey since he left high school.

That may seem a little weird coming from an educator, but I have so much confidence in his talent that I figure he can always go back to the college thing if music doesn’t work out. I am convinced we expect too much of young people in their early years of the second decade milestone. There is so much time for trial and error. The trick is to keep the errors correctable.

Hold onto that thought. I’ll come back to it.

Last Sunday, I spent some time with my youngest son talking about what comes next for him. He is in the middle of his 20s milestone, married, and has the most beautiful son on the planet. Trust me on that one.

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