“I close my eyes. Only for a moment and the moment’s gone. All my dreams, pass before my eyes a curiosity. Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind.”
You know this Kansas tune, you sing to it all the time. But how well do the lyrics speak to you? Who says you cannot live more than one dream? I do not know about you, but I am inspired by others and feel obligated to inspire those around me. Why? Sing the song and understand the lyrics. Our time is fleeting. You will not be given a second opportunity.
“Do not be dust in the wind, but the wind that creates the dust storm.” A quote from author EW Greenlee.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Get up you slaggard, there is enough time for rest in the grave.” Is he any different than you or me? No, absolutely not – no matter what anyone tells you. You are unique by reason of your DNA, but what we learn from others is that effort is the deciding factor. Whatever dreams you have, work towards them.
I have a friend in Dallas who works as a landscape architect. He is also a keyboard player in the band “Justified.” With the economy in its current state, not too many are concerned with their landscaping. But it is human nature to want to seek escapism and entertainment. So having two careers in this day and time may be a wise move. One dedicated to your skills, the second dedicated to your passion. Should the income from your passion exceed your skilled career, then the path before you will have grown clear and wide. The point is, never give up on your passion, ever.
I have written now for over 4 decades, always placing a manuscript aside for some future date. In 2010, I completed my trilogy, “The Chosen One of Allivar” after a decade of research and writing. After much editing, it was released in late 2011. Many told me an author is not an author unless some traditional publisher pays you for it. In other words, self publishing is only for the vain. I’m 53 years old and time is fleeting. If I choose to spend that which I have earned, this then is called business risk, not vanity. If it fails, then it was my right to fail. With digital publishing as it stands today, there is very little risk financially. Take a chance, live your dreams, learn to inspire yourself when others will not. Those who do not support you are merely protecting their own vanity and ideas of self worth. If you succeed outside of the traditional mode, you will discover who the envious truly are and they will pass by you like “Dust in the wind.”
“Now don’t hang on. Nothing last forever but the earth and sky. It slips away and all your money won’t another minute buy.”
If you have never heard this song then follow the link below. There is wisdom in words. No more hanging on, unleash your passion, for criticisms also are dust in the wind and surround yourself with those that want to join you in stirring up the winds.