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12 December 2007
A Few Parting Words About Keeping Your Dreams Alive!
Isn't that a cool house in the photo at left? It's my parents new farm house which should be finished by January.
My parents are 70 and 65. At their age most people retire and move to town. (At least that's how it works with the farmers around here.)
...well, my folks have other plans. My father is raising natural beef cattle on this farm place and has no plans to quit anytime soon.
...so at the age when their peers are calling it quits and settling on their duffs in town, my parents are packing it up and moving back to the country. It's "back" to the country because in 1984 my parents had to quit farming and sell their home & farm, move to town, and find jobs in our small town.
Then in 1990, after years of saving and working off-farm, they started renting and feeding cattle at my grandfather's farm (Gramps semi-retired at 80). For the past 17 years they have been driving back and forth keeping their dreams of being back on the farm alive, plus my mother worked herself up from secretary to manager at her difficult job, and they cared for their ailing parents until their deaths.
They've been working their asses off for 24 years to see their dream become reality. TWENTY-FOUR YEARS!
And my parents did it their way. Others told them to just remodel the old (firetrap) house that was on the place. Some told them they were crazy to move out on the farm to deal with hot summers and harsh winters at their age.
I'm jumping for joy. I see hope in what they're doing. I see dreams becoming reality. I'm proud to have their blood running through my veins!
Today is my last post on Beyond the Veil. I'm changing up some things in my life. I'm taking steps to make sure I'm doing what I need to make my dreams come true...dreams about my writing career, but about some personal visions as well.
I'm confident I can make them happen. I hope it doesn't take 24 years...but so be it, if it does. I'm going to follow my parents example:
Ignore the Negative Nay-sayers
Decide Your Own Dream
Get Back Up and Keep Going...and going....and going...and going :)
Wishing my fellow writers and our readers the strength to follow your dreams, I bid you good-bye...for awhile anyway :)