Make A Dream Survive

Without goals we have no way to measure how well we are doing, no way to correct our path for the results we want. We each must decide what it is we truly want out of this life before it’s to late, and discover our passions and what brings peace to our soul. The journey to that end is different for each person but it takes focus and the ability to cast aside the disparaging words and misguided attempts of others, and follow the path that brings us home. I have spent years thinking this through, pushed back at the ghosts of doubt, and arrived at the gateway that leads to my hearts desire. All I need to do now is turn the handle and step through.

I love the idea of capturing the essence of a moment in time, something to look upon again and again to relive that moment. The still waters of the Kennebeck River on this day are forever etched into my mind and remembered anew each time I look at this photo. I am not a professional photographer, but I know what catches my eye. As the years go by and memory fades, I will always have these moments tucked away to bring back how I felt at that moment.

Kennebeck River in fall

The same spot 6 months later, and from a different angle, gives a new feel to the spot but I remember each as if it were yesterday. Just like the seasons of nature, so too are the seasons of our lives. The fall of my life began when I left Maine for the last time a month ago, filled with visions of places unseen and some I have passed. My plan is to work a couple more years to provide the funds necessary to purchase a truck and camper so I can travel and stop at all the wondrous places I have seen through the windshield and capture longer moments spent at each.

I took this picture on my first trucking trip out west on interstate 40 in Arizona. I swear I could almost see all the way to Mexico! Even though it’s a little blurry I still remember how it felt to hold the cheap camera up to the window and hope for the best. From then on I was hooked.

Rolling into southern California gave me views I had never seen before in person, a deeper appreciation of natures beauty welling up inside me as the miles passed by. This time was the beginning of my wanderlust, the feeling that I don’t want to stay in one place the rest of my life.

Wadleigh Pond Maine
Bingham Maine

Indeed my home state has it’s beauty and the places I have been camping stand out above the rest, but the draw of the road is too much to ignore. My need for solitude in the wilds pulls at me like a summer breeze, calling my name like a lovers breath.

Whenever life is hard, when deep decisions need to be made, I always retreat to a quiet place away from people. Even a simple spot like these tracks in Bangor Maine give me space to think. I feel my best alone without the constant pressure to fit in or get along. Just me and my dog with a camera or two and all is well in the world.

There’s so much to see if you stop for a moment and be still, like the translucent glimmer of a dragonflies wing. Stop rushing around trying to force as much unnecessary life into each day at the expense of living. Much of what we feel we must do each day is the result of trying to have it all instead of trying to have what matters.

Sometimes the most beautiful moments are captured in the reflections around us, such as Camden harbor in Maine reflected on this sailboat. One just needs to slow down and look and that’s exactly what I am going to do, slow down and look. Indeed I feel like I am alive and kicking, ready to go into the wilds of this country where the magic is from. The gental touch of the sun through the trees will calm the storm inside, and I will lift myself up and live the life I want.

You turn me on, you lift me up
And like the sweetest cup I’d share with you
You lift me up, don’t you ever stop, I’m here with you
Now it’s all or nothing
‘Cause you say you’ll follow through
You follow me, and I, I, I follow you

What you gonna do when things go wrong?
What you gonna do when it all cracks up?
What you gonna do when the Love burns down?
What you gonna do when the flames go up?
Who is gonna come and turn the tide?
What’s it gonna take to make a dream survive?
Who’s got the touch to calm the storm inside?
Who’s gonna save you?
Alive and Kicking
Stay until your love is, Alive and Kicking
Stay until your love is, until your love is, Alive

Oh you lift me up to the crucial top, so I can see
Oh you lead me on, till the feelings come
And the lights that shine on
But if that don’t mean nothing
Like if someday it should fall through
You’ll take me home where the magic’s from
And I’ll be with you

What you gonna do when things go wrong?
What you gonna do when it all cracks up?
What you gonna do when the Love burns down?
What you gonna do when the flames go up?
Who is gonna come and turn the tide?
What’s it gonna take to make a dream survive?
Who’s got the touch to calm the storm inside?
Don’t say goodbye
Don’t say goodbye
In the final seconds who’s gonna save you?

Oh, Alive and Kicking
Stay until your love is, love is, Alive and Kicking
Oh, Alive and Kicking
Stay until your love is, love is, Alive and Kicking

5 thoughts on “Make A Dream Survive

  1. Enjoy it while you still have access to it. I feel like the day may be coming where we are all going to get geo-cached into a certain route to point b. Others will decide what we are allowed to see and learn along the way.

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