Early in life, I was made aware of Hellen Keller's famous quote:
"Life is either a daring adventure, or it's nothing."
I never intentionally sought out the adventurous life, it just happened. I followed my dreams and they just happened to end up being adventurous.
I've dreamed a lot of dreams; some came to fruition while other were a bust. But the best part of dreaming was the doing, starting each day with a list of items to complete to make the dreams come true. The dreams gave reason to get out of bed in the mornings, a reason to get going and start accomplishing things.
The image at the top of the page is a drawing of Peter Bird, an Englishman from London, England. He was a dreamer, a really big dreamer; he was an ocean-rower, and to be an ocean-rower, one has to really dream big. His dreams centered around rowing a small, home-made row boat from continent to continent.
It's one thing to dream, but if no effort is put into the dream to make it a reality, it's just that - a dream.
In a little barn, built in the 16th century, on the outskirts of London, Peter built his first boat. He rowed it across the Atlantic from Lisbon, Portugal to the Island of Barbados in the West Indies. With the same boat, he rowed from San Francisco to Hawaii, where the boat was destroyed on the coast of Hawaii. Undeterred, Peter built a second boat in Hawaii and continued to row all the way to Australia, where this boat was ground to pieces on the Great Barrier Reef, but Peter survived.
Peter built a third boat, this time to row from the east coast of Russia to San Francisco. His first two efforts were unsuccessful. He tried a third time in 1996, and this attempt was also unsuccessful, and it cost him his life. In the middle of the night, his boat collided with a log that had gotten loose from a freighter.
Peter was a great inspiration to others, not only because he dreamed big dreams, but because he showed others what it takes to make a dream become a reality.
A survey given to seniors who were approaching the end of life asked if they had any regrets. There were many answers, but a common answer centered on regrets for the things they didn't do; dreams never pursued; risks never taken, songs not sung.
"If you're going to dream, dream as big and as high as you possibly can, for there are no limits to what you can accomplish, none whatsoever." Richard Jones