Martin Luther King, said many years ago, “I have a dream.” At the age of 63 and a member of the baby boomer generation, I have a dream. It may come true or it may not. That is how dreams work. In the sixty three years of my life, as it has been in the lives of all baby boomers, we have had many dreams. Some of us dreamed up retirement and living the life of luxury. Others dreamed of good health, close families, love, security, wealth, and all that the outside world has to offer. Many have dreamed of world peace or a way out of poverty. Homeless children have dreamed of a loving family. The elderly have dreamed of an escape from loneliness and a caring hand or touch. Business owners have dreamed of prosperity. Then there are those with mental illness in nursing homes, hospitals and institutions that may have lost their ability to dream. There are baby boomers and youth that are dreaming of a job soon to come. There are those looking for ways to get a good education and are holding onto the dream of success someday. Scientist are looking for a cure for aging, cancer, global warming, and more ways to conserve energy. The dreams go on.
A dream must be accompanied by hope. Words of encouragement are important. They can be found in books. Words can be spoken by each of us or written in some form. Actions can be seen. We all, no matter what our circumstance, have something that we can give. There may be times that our thinking may get a little off track. You can inspire another by reaching out and listening or just giving a word of encouragement.
Last year I dreamed of retirement and living the easy life. Dreams can change as our circumstances change. This year, I have a new dream. It may or may not come true but I have hope. I would like to live and work in a senior facility helping the elderly. I would like to watch them smile, listen to their stories, and give them encouragement during their final days. I would like to give them a hug and allow them to hug me back.
Is it too late? I think not. It is never too late if you have HOPE! I will always believe, and that is a choice, that Love is stronger than fear! As Martin Luther King said way back during the beginning of the baby boomer generation, ” I have a dream!” Times may be different but with hope we have the ability to make our dreams or someone else’s a reality. I encourage each of you to not turn loose of your dreams. Put action with your words, share your experience, strength and hope and make a dream come true. After looking deep into your heart, take a moment and share with us all your very special dream. Yes, baby boomers, we are aging but we still have the ability to dream and touch the lives of others in a positive way.
May each of you experience a special dream that comes true in your life during the year of 2012. Peace and love be with you as we continue in our baby boomer retirement age years.