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The Endless Summer

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When I think about memorable summers, my mind instantly goes to the summer of 2000.  After years of bumming rides and borrowing my mother’s car, she bought me my own.  Now trust me I was not spoiled.  My single mother spent YEARS working hard and moving us on up like the Jeffersons.  If she wanted to buy her often overlooked middle son a car, that was her right!  It does not make me spoiled.  Anyway, I’ll never forget working a shift at Hollywood Video (my dream job at that time) and waiting for my mother to drop off the 2000 Pontiac Grand Am she had purchased for me earlier that day.  When I saw it I fell in love.  She was silver, freshly washed and glimmering like an angel in the sun.  My angel.  My angel with…manual windows.  I’ve since forgiven my mother for that.  Again, I was not spoiled.

That summer I discovered the open road.  I’ve always considered myself a hippie of sorts and I’ve always had a deep longing to be free.  To follow the skies and not have to answer to any man.  I viewed that Pontiac Grand Am as the first step to freedom.  All I wanted to do was drive off and not look back.  With my mother’s permission I took a week off work, packed up my car and went on my first solo road trip to visit friends I had just made during Freshman year.  Friends I still have 12 years later.   I remember driving on 23S, AM Gold 1971 in the CD player, the blue sky welcoming me to the rest of my life.  That is one summer that I would have followed around the world.

“The Endless Summer” is a documentary from 1966.  Directed by Bruce Brown, it follows surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they follow summer around the world.  Frustrated by the cold oceans of California winters, Hynson and August decide to embark on a trip that would enable them to surf year round.  They travel to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii as they chase their dream of never having to put their surfboards away.  They find an endless summer.

The documentary was a great success.  It grossed 20 million dollars, which was major for any film in 1966, let alone a surfing documentary.  It further popularized the sport of surfing and also changed the way that people viewed documentaries in general.  Before “The Endless Summer”, documentaries were known for being educational but not necessarily entertaining.  Brown’s filming and narrating style make it almost impossible to turn the film off, thus paving the way for future documentary successes. In 2002 the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.  This means that it has a legacy of being culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.

I am not a surfer.  In fact I just learned to swim last summer.  Nevertheless, “The Endless Summer” made a big impact on me.  It got me thinking about dreams and how important it is to have them and pursue them.  There is a scene in the movie where Hynson and August are in Africa, and they’re teaching the local children to surf.  The children can’t get enough of this new activity and they are filled with so much excitement it seems like they’re going to burst.  Hynson and August didn’t plan for this to happen.  The children’s joy was an unintended consequence of them chasing their dream.  When we have the courage to pursue a dream, life is birthed.  Life is birthed in us and in those with whom we come in contact.  I’m reminded of that summer in 2000 where I was following my dream of being free.  Life was birthed in me.  The summer of  2012 is shaping up to be another of those magical summers and watching the film inspired me to keep pursuing my dreams.  I’d like to encourage you to do the same.  No matter how crazy they may seem, dreams are in our hearts for a reason.  Whether or not we have a surfboard, every summer has the possibility of being endless.

Do you have dreams you’re afraid to pursue?  Have you taken a risk and followed a dream even though people called you crazy?  Have you been given life from someone else’s dream?  Let us know in the comments section.  Also make sure to check the box below your comment so you can be notified when someone responds to you.  Thanks for being part of this week’s excavation.  You can watch “The Endless Summer” for free on YouTube or stream it on Netflix.

*editors note – My mother read this and reminded me that it was my grandfather who picked out the car.  He was the one responsible for the manual windows.  Paw-Paw we need to talk…..

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61 comments on “The Endless Summer

  1. Madison
    June 25, 2012

    Dude, while reading this joint my dreams of traveling the world were reawakened. If Mike and Robert, two surfers can run around the world with surf boards chasing their dreams I sure as hell can go chase after mine. One of the most tragic things in life is to live one that in the end is full of regret. Thanks for the wake up call man. Appreciate it@

    • Camille Brown
      June 25, 2012

      Ditto. i feel the same way.

    • PopExcavators
      June 25, 2012

      One of my biggest fears is being a 100 year old man and wondering “What if?” Let’s all agree to leave this earth with no regrets. None. Thanks for reading.

      • Nicole Yancey
        June 25, 2012

        Amen!!! A few weeks before I turned 33 years old I decided to enjoy every single season that I was in so that in the next season there were absolutely no regrets. Sometimes we can get caught up in longing for the next thing (marriage, children, this that and 3rd) that we miss living and enjoying pieces of our dream that are meant for where we are at right now. I realized, OMGOsh, I’m single!!!! I don’t have any kids or a husband or a mortgage or a car payment so what part of my DREAM is BEST lived right now? I wrote down a list of things that had to do and I had NO clue as to how I as going to do it. But they have either happened or are happening or will happen soon. The ones that have happened in the WILDEST ways. I said I wanted to go to Paris, someone I didn’t even know when I wrote it down took me on a ALL expenses paid trip to Paris. I said I wanted to go back to school Full Time which seemed impossible with my work schedule..well I am in school full time. It’s amazing. We all get the same 24 hours in a day as long as we are breathing…it’s up to us to figure out what we do with it. #noregreats #allthingsarepossible #dreamchasersmountup

  2. Camille Brown
    June 25, 2012

    I love this. So inspiring. I think sometimes as adults we forget about our dreams because we get so trapped in the rigmarole of work and surviving the “rat-race” to success and financial freedom that it almost seems like our dreams get further out of our reach. Although I know this not to be true, because I am a dreamer…I live in my head..lol, but I do realize sometimes I have to break through the mold of always feeling like I have to go through the typical channels i.e., work, save money, work some more, go to school, save money…just to make things happen.

    I have had many dreams in life, I had the dream of getting my M.A, I didn’t know from where, I just knew I wanted to get it, so I began to search, and out the blue found a school in NC. I had never been to NC in my life, nor did I really know anyone there, but I knew that was where I needed to be. Not everyone was on board with this decision but it didn’t stop me, and I stepped out on faith and headed down yonder. That decision, has been one of the most life-changing journeys for me.

    My dreams haven’t stopped there though, I am an avid writer/poet and I love to travel, my dream is to be able to do both without worry, to totally just go …take pictures and write freely about my adventures. Now the reality is that this lifestyle is not the most lucrative….financially, but for me it’s the freedom of experiencing life and the world for all that it is and can be. I hope to one day be able to capture that dream even if on a smaller scale. One of my best friends walked away from corporate job to pursue her dream of writing and becoming a holistic healer, another group of poets i know, took their craft to the Middle East to share the stories of what going on there for us here…. I admire the people who can get up and just go, those who just LIVE with INTENTION and take action…im trying to tap into that part of me once again, being Fearless enough to bring my dreams to reality…

    • PopExcavators
      June 25, 2012

      I’ve always been a dreamer too. Funny thing is that I’ve always known that success for me was NOT going to happen through the typical channels. I’ve always felt like we dreamers sneak in the back door while everyone else is knocking on the front door. We don’t need seminars, no 30 days to this, 3 weeks to that. The only things we need are a vision and a heart. Do it Camille! Do it! lol…

      • Camille Brown
        June 25, 2012

        Yes Yes!! Thanks so much. You are absolutely right, as dreamers we always take the road less traveled until that gets boring and we say to hell with it and mark out our own paths…LOL This blog is definitely what I needed to hear today. I am inspired.

    • Madison
      June 25, 2012

      Great post Camile! Very inspiring. I’m with PopExcavators, Do it Camille! Do it!!!

      • Camille Brown
        June 25, 2012

        Thanks….ready..set…GO! 🙂

  3. Henriette
    June 25, 2012

    Ah an endless summer. A clear reminder that I no longer have the luxury of having a 3 month long summer vacation. Reading about your memorable summer made me fondly remember mine. Summer 2008, I had just graduated from college and had planned a 4.5 week backpacking trip in Europe. I recruited friends to join me, but not in the end only one friend was willing to commit. He wanted to go to Ireland first to visit friends whom he had met while they spent a summer in San Diego. I decided to start my trip alone and he would meet me 1.5 weeks into my trip. My mother wasn’t thrilled that I would be doing any part of my trip solo. I however was thrilled. It was exhilarating to check into a hostel alone and befriend others doing the same. I could truly walk to the beat of my own drum. It was a great way to start my trip, seven countries later I truly felt like I had lived my dream. My friend and I befriended various people, some of whom I still keep in touch with. I think the main reason this was such a memorable summer was because I was determined to make it happen and I did. There is something so gratifying about living your dream.

    These days I dream of similar travel adventures. Although, I must admit I have lost that carefree nature that one has in between college and adult life. Now I have so many more things to consider before planning a trip of that nature. Yet my mind often entertains the idea of selling my belongings and taking off on an endless summer of my own….and this post may have fueled that fire.

    • PopExcavators
      June 25, 2012

      I had a similar Europe experience in 2001. Well maybe not too similar because I was chaperoning high school kids, haha. I understand what you’re saying though and know how gratifying it is to see a dream fulfilled. Sell all your junk and go back.

    • Nicole
      June 26, 2012

      Oh my… a 4.5 week trip in Europe, that’s amazing. Isn’t there something undeniable delicious about being in a foreign country alone? My experience was not as daring as yours, I flew to Haiti with 2 people I met 12 hours prior to boarding the plane (long story). Like your situation, I tried to unsucessfully recruit others to go (it was a volunteer trip) but with or without them I was determined to make the trip happen. In the end it was just me and it was PERFECTION. I would not have had it any other way. Like I said, there is something perfectly delicious about being away from all things, sounds and people familiar in another country on your own. I’m with RC you should somehow, some way try to incorporate another endless summer into your life :-)!

      • Henriette
        June 27, 2012

        Wow! Haiti alone that is VERY impressive!! Good for you! Reading RC’s post and all of these comments has me planning the perfect endless summer! 🙂

    • Nicole
      June 27, 2012

      It is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been. Parts of Haiti completely missed the industrial revolution so it was like stepping into the mid 1800’s. Awesome experience. Congrats on planning an Endless Summer Adventure! Your initial comment helped me step my game up as far as my plans to study in Paris. Paris is EVERYTHING (lol). Why I have not done everything possible to get back there is beyond me but I’m going!!!!

  4. JazZY
    June 25, 2012

    Sir, you are really excavating minds full of hidden treasures…bringing them out to be polished and displayed proudly.

    My endless summer 1986…New York City…NEW YORK CITY?!! (commercial break…lol) On that trip…I found ME. I’m the youngest of 6…I was following in many footsteps…being the odd number in the car…the parties…whatever…I was the one Mom said, “take her with you”…they dressed me up in ‘grown folk clothes’ and took me along…learning while yearning for my own…even after I thought I was grown.

    I found the smell…sights and sounds of New York penetrate deep and “I” emerged.
    My walk and talk changed within hours…I was amazed…I was not walking in my siblings footprints…I made my own while walking where they had never traveled…even walking with my Cousins…I was still holding my own…no longer their baby cousin…really feeling grown…realizing, “I can do this”. Even getting there was was never done by them…I rode the train for 12 hrs…with laughed at flashlight and knife in pockets..that came in handy when the train lost power in DC…lol…they didn’t laugh when I told them those items came in handy…lol. I was prepared by their footsteps…but I was branching out on my own…Freedom to become ME…with my own thoughts…decisions…desires and dreams.

    What I noticed upon returning home was I no longer needed to run pass them what I wanted for their approval…I was saying this is what I did or this is what I’m going to do. By the end of that year…I became a homeowner making money funny…but NY called again and I answered…flying to get my fix…my recharge of “this is my life”…hustle bustle fast walking quick talking getting it done in a NY minute…I was in it to win it for 2wks…came home with new ideas that made the slow pace interesting. My “Endless Summer(s)” gave me Freedom to think and follow through for myself always with my sister in tow for those grinning screaming, “I did it” moments. ((we danced in the breeze with donuts and coffee while workers removed all of my house windows for replacement…lol))

    Now days my Endless Summer is hanging out at the beach…beach front…lazy days with good music…good food,..good friends and my honey dreaming that one day that will be our life minus the lazy…lol. New York, although is exciting and still gives me a jolt has security needs that never made me smile…my dream now is to be where life is simple with much to do than work and come home waiting for something to happen. We found VA Beach to be our desire for endless summers to spread our wings and soar using our gifts on a greater scale, yet little touches of home.~

    • PopExcavators
      June 25, 2012

      I need you to write a book of memoirs so I can buy it on amazon.com. Seriously though, I loved reading your process of self discovery and how you came into your own. Thanks again for your support.

      • JazZY
        June 25, 2012

        Your blog has me feeling like I’m writing my memoirs…lol
        The great thoughts you share and the questions you ask has me saying…”WoW…Me too…ummm haven’t thought about that in a long time ..no one has ever asked me that before” …lol…I guess I’ve been busy being what others need…with little thought to how I became who they need until you started digging in my head…lol Keep up that great work Excavator…you’re changing the world…by helping us re-birth our thoughts~

    • Nicole
      June 25, 2012

      See!!!! New York is where it’s at! I want to go just for 3 months. I am going to figure out how to make it happen. Singing…”If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere…” LOL Great story!

      • JazZY
        June 25, 2012

        SheroSisterNiece, just like you did DC and much more…do NY…JUST DO IT~ (:-D)

  5. Michelle
    June 25, 2012

    Wow… this was an amazing Post! “The children’s joy was an unintended consequence of them chasing their dream. When we have the courage to pursue a dream, life is birthed. Life is birthed in us and in those with whom we come in contact.” YOW!

    This post really got me thinking about the things that I am and have been “too afraid” to do. Hearing you say that following our dreams “birth life”…. not just in us but in others…. that gives a completely different perspective on things. Wow…

  6. PopExcavators
    June 25, 2012

    No fear baby. #letsgetit #prayerwarriordash2012

  7. Nicole Yancey
    June 25, 2012

    Great article PopE!

    I have found that the only thing that stands between myself and my desires is how bad I want it and how hard I’m willing to work for it. The funny thing is, is that every time I actually “put my hand to the plow”, doors of opportunity just swing open. The very fears that kept me dreaming about the dream and talking about the dream instead of living it seemingly often become non-issues as soon as I made a REAL decision to pursue it.

    In 2002 I said, I’m moving to DC. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 I said…you guessed it, I’m moving to DC. LOL But in the Spring of 2006 instead of saying that I was moving to DC I actually put start putting things into action. Within 2 months I had a job and apartment. Not just any apartment but a 1500 dollar (this was a lot compared to the 345 I was paying in Huntington) a month apartment that I had to pay NO deposit for, moved into rent free for the first month, all utilities and DirectTV included in a neighborhood that I dreamed of living in with a 500 dollar a month discount for the 1st year! With NO degree, I moved into one of the highest priced neighborhoods in DC while bringing home a salary that rivaled many of my friends with their Master’s. The thing is all I did was apply for the job. I sent a resume, came in for an interview and voila my dream became a reality. All I did was put some action behind all that talk and life changed. My experience here has been priceless. Well worth kicking fear in the butt and just simply making a move.

    This has happened time and time again. Reading this reminded me of how SIMPLE it really is in the long run. I wholeheartedly agree that these things have been put in us for a reason. “No matter how crazy they may seem, dreams are in our hearts for a reason” is pure unadulterated truth, R.C. And your so right, it’s not just about us. Someone’s salvation (healing, deliverance, joy, peace, hope, future) is tied into us simply go after our dreams.

    Gosh I love this article! :-)!

    • PopExcavators
      June 25, 2012

      Without vision the people will perish. Dreams and vision go hand in hand, eh?

      • Camille Brown
        June 25, 2012

        I had a teacher in H.S have us at the start of the year, write down a list of goals we wanted to accomplish that year and to put it away and to look at it once the year was over to see if we accomplished it. I did this every year for about 3 years on NYE, and i must say i checked off alot of things in that time…

        For those of us who are more visionaries one of the best things I ever created was a vision board, a combination of words and photographs that outlined my dreams. I meditate on it daily and it has served as a reminder of what i desire and hope for.

        WE have to keep our dreams at the forefront, our dreams merely point us toward our PURPOSE…and when we walk in that purpose freely and fearlessly the process of getting there is seamless,

      • Nicole Yancey
        June 26, 2012

        @Camille awesome point. There was a study done on Harvard grads. It followed graduates who had put their plan/vision/dream down on paper and those who did not. Long story short, the ones who wrote their vision down were WINNING and the vast majority of those who did not were no where near where they said they wanted to be goal wise. It is a very simple principle with very BIG results.

    • Henriette
      June 25, 2012

      Great comment! It reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite books, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” -from The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho…seems like you are living proof 🙂

      • Nicole Yancey
        June 26, 2012

        Thanks Henriette! I’m am sort of confused about how this thread is working as far as responses go so forgive me if you were commenting on another comment..lol. One of the first things I learned from my mentor that I will never forget is that just like the heavens and the earth were framed simply by the word of God our worlds are created by that same creative power by faith that is within us and within our words.Simply put, our thoughts and our words create our world. They do. We can choose to speak life or we can choose to speak death in every situation in our lives. We can think on those things which are good and pure (as the Apostle Paul strongly “recommends”) or dwell on the opposite. Some get nervous when people begin to talk about the creative and destructive power that our mouths have in our lives and that is okay. LOL Regardless, of the mixed “feelings” on the subject it is Truth. Our lives could be so different, so full (peace,hope, joy, love) but often our minds and our mouths get in the way. Our thoughts and words yield a return. We reap their harvest daily.

    • JazZY
      June 25, 2012

      This is why I call you, My Shero~ You heed the calling and Keep it Moving. You’re taking advantage of what I had…but let get away by chasing the incorrect dream (dream of being one of two and being loyal to someone else’s money dream…learned behavior)…now it’s all good…correct…enjoyable and thinking new thoughts that others benefit from. Keep doing you…I’m learning from your steps as well~ 😉

      • Nicole Yancey
        June 26, 2012

        <<<Just hit the invisible like button.

  8. Nate Pruitt
    June 25, 2012

    As I read this I was struck by how spoiled you were in contrast to me. Dang, man. Of course that may have been due to the fact that my family kept putting me in cars that wouldn’t get me all the way from Florida to Nashville for school (and if they shockingly did I couldn’t return home). While some had power windows and others didn’t I am glad to know that your mother wasn’t trying to kill you like my family was obviously trying to do to me.

    Also, dreams are cool, but you know I feel that way already. I need to send you something- keep an eye on facebook messages!

    *This comment brought to you by the council to keep you from texting & driving.

  9. Great post! Summer is hands down my favorite season, and the idea of living in an endless summer would be amazing (it’s a picture of Christ for me).

    Regarding dreams, I used to have a lot. They all seemed independent and disjointed, however. Nevertheless, I still had many dreams. Then…I died. After I rose from the dead, I only had one dream. I carried the dream of another. His dream became my dream because I was living by His life. My old life was gone and with that old life went my individualistic, self-centered dreams.

    Since my resurrection, some of the old dreams that I used to have, have actually come back to life. These dreams look entirely different than they used to, however, as they are no longer individualistic and self-serving. These dreams now fit inside the one dream of the One that raised me from the dead. Now, all the smaller dreams that I have serve the one dream of Christ for a house and a Bride. It makes these ‘resurrected’ smaller dreams worth pursuing!

  10. PopExcavators
    June 25, 2012

    Thanks for your comment Jamal. I’m going to ask you to be more specific. Can you give examples of a “Jamal Jivanjee pre-resurrection dream and a “Jamal Jivanjee post-resurrection” dream?

    • That’s a great question. In my old life, I used to have the desire to travel the world. I wanted to broaden my horizons and experience things that others hadn’t for the distinct purpose of being set apart from others by having experiences that others didn’t have. It was a self-serving dream that was really about me. When I died, this dream died with me.

      In my new life, I have sensed this dream coming alive again. It looks different, however, because this new dream has nothing to do with setting me apart from others by adding to my unique set of experiences. This new dream now seems to be directly connected to the dream of seeing Christ expressed everywhere. I can see how my desire to travel internationally is directly connected to serving and building up Christ’s house and bride. Travel is no longer for my individual purposes, but for God’s eternal purpose.

      • JazZY
        June 25, 2012

        God Bless You Brother…Enjoy Your Journey~

      • PopExcavators
        June 25, 2012

        Wow man thanks for sharing. During the Umbrellas excavation we talked about how selfish love isn’t love at all. Perhaps a selfish dream isn’t really a dream at all. Let’s redefine the word.

  11. rockpapersessions
    June 25, 2012

    Good stuff, bro!

  12. Nadia
    June 25, 2012

    Wow the comments by everyone are so inspiring,,,however, I really can’t say that I have any dreams to pursue…not that I’ve achieved any dreams, but just so entrenched in the day to day process of working and preparing to work. What would you suggest for those who do not have “dreams”

    • PopExcavators
      June 25, 2012

      Thanks for your honesty. Allow me to be honest in return. You thinking that you don’t have dreams is a lie from the belly of darkness. Everyone regardless of age has a dream. I know this because I’ve taught hundreds of children over the course of my career and EVERY SINGLE ONE has had a dream. EVERY SINGLE CHILD had something unique to contribute to the world. Adults are just grown up children which means that a dream is still somewhere inside each of us. All you need to do is excavate that dream that has been suppressed. It is in there.

      You are not alone. I’d venture to say that a lot of people feel the way that you do. I suggest that you try to remember when you were a child. What gave you chills then? What gives you chills now? You have got to take the time to figure it out. Imagine the life that will be birthed inside of you and inside of others. No one on this earth is meant to just go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to sleep. No one. No one. No one. We are all in your corner!

      • Nicole Yancey
        June 26, 2012

        I agree with Ryan Chavez. SOOOO many people feel this way, Nadia. Our society is set up so that we end up in this place. Don’t get me wrong, there a many who absolutely love what they are doing from 9 to 5. They are living their dream but many are not. And it is so easy for those things to get buried under what becomes “life” to us (car payment, electric bill, making ends meet, caring for everyone else but ourselves) takes over. Ryan Chavez is right, we are in your corner!!! There is something in you screaming to get out. You just have to excavate it!

  13. April green
    June 25, 2012

    Im inspired

    • Madison
      June 26, 2012

      🙂 I am too! I needed this conversation this week. It was right on time for me.

    • PopExcavators
      June 27, 2012

      Make sure you do something with the inspiration! Thanks for reading.

  14. marklchampion
    June 25, 2012

    Wow. An endless summer. What a gift! Glad we have access to this. The clip you posted was enough to make me want to buy the movie on DVD!

    Being on the sand dunes one minute and in the surf the next. I loved seeing the guys surf no matter where they were.

    They were surfers. Just because water wasnt there, they found a way to express who was inside themselves…surfers…even on sand.

    Then when they found the perfect waves, they actually LOOKED like they were in the right place. They didn’t need to LOOK right. They surfed no matter what.

    Encouragement to us is to be us. No matter what. If you are in sand, walk to the dunes. If you’re on the dunes, get to surfin. When you find the perfect wave, ride it for all it’s got. When it crashes, soak in the sea and paddle to the next wave!

    By all means, let who is inside you be expressed in all things.

    Thanks for sharing this, PopExcavators. Wonderful reminder how to enjoy our Endless Summer!

    • PopExcavators
      June 26, 2012

      Ah Mark Champion the inspiration for this post! What a beautiful thing to know that being “us” is all we have to be.

  15. JazZY
    June 25, 2012

    The above comments…esp. from C. Brown reminded me of my vision boards (some are still on the spare room walls) and the many vision clippings in a shoe box. I also found and marked off a lot on my tucked away for my eyes only vision list that was created years ago right before I purchased my first PC thinking I’ll write a poetry book…I’ve done everything but what “I” thought…lol…I mentioned that because this scripture was immed. taped to it:
    Habakkuk 2: 2-3 KJV
    2And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
    3For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

    I’ve been teased of having the patience of Job…(lol…I thank them)
    Every plan/vision listed or not that has come to fruition has come through that pc and it’s siblings…lol…I waited out what appeared to be puzzle pieces…little flash clips in my mind (dreams) that didn’t make sense to this creative mind that was thinking one thing and seeing another…but I held on to them…they appeared..one after another…then it started making sense as the years went by…like deja vu from fun…family…business down to my honey; whom I met through business. (yep..I even marked him off the list…lol…man after Jesus’ heart (check))

    This quote from above: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” …made me say, yes it does…When you have a passion for something…that thing that makes you smile…giggle inside…and can’t wait to do it…expand on it..can’t wait to share it…always talking about it…that thing…large or small..near or far…that thing that makes you feel good…especially when you pass it on….to me is our real destiny…our real purpose…our calling…we just have to be open to the visuals in our minds…and be willing to be guided…not walk alone.

    Our Dreams to me…is God telling us something… “here comes the desires of your heart…get ready to walk into your destiny…it will not tarry.” (Proverbs 3:5-6

  16. b.Dawn
    June 26, 2012

    Man, these posts are sooo inspiring! I’ve seen a lot of dreams pass and am still diving into some, but they were more in line with career/academic goals or helping with lifestyle changes of those around me who I saw in need. I can rattle off list after list of dreams passed that fall into those two categories, but years ago would have not dreamed of adventurous ones like mentioned in previous posts. Back in the day, I would have never imagined going somewhere out of the country by myself or packing up a car and driving across the country alone! A couple of states over, yes, but not much farther than that. Lol To be honest, didn’t have the mindset or confidence to do so. Its funny how things change because I would do that now with no hesitation! These days are definitely different days, so I’m excited for what these next 70+ years hold!

    • PopExcavators
      June 27, 2012

      I love your outlook. What are some dreams you’re pursuing now?

      • b.Dawn
        June 27, 2012

        Several, but I’ll mention just a few. For the past couple of years, I’ve had a vision to start a non-profit for children/young adults grades K – Grad School and have already mapped out the name, vision, trademark, etc. This started with me implementing mentoring w/ younger cousins, nieces and nephews over the past several years, so I am just now starting to live out the dream to extend it to others nationwide. I also just began looking for someone to receive piano lessons from which I have been wanting to do for like 10 years now. Have to add something to the sax and clarinet skills! As far as the adventurous side, I’m doing a long wkend trip by myself next month, doing a marathon in October and going out of the country with girlfriends for my 30th b’Day in December!

  17. Celeste
    June 27, 2012

    Loving these comments and the entire post! ENDLESS SUMMER would be my idea of heaven. Summer is indeed my favorite season and to have an endless supply would suit me forever. Summer itself connotes a sense of freedom, lack of stress, and of course LIGHT! Summer was a time my mother would take us to swim and pack our lunches to go to a public pool in Nashville. She would let us have chocolate milkshakes for breakfast and paint our own bedrooms. Summer meant running around the neighborhood with your friends playing capture the flag and catching lightning bugs. So, fashioning the dreams of my life through the lense of summer is totally wonderful. Being born at the end of the 1950’s and becoming a grandmother last week, makes me wonder if I am getting too old to continue dreaming for myself.
    I will begin dreaming again, not just getting through the days. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • PopExcavators
      June 27, 2012

      You are never too old! In fact I expect you to have a chocolate shake for breakfast tomorrow! You have so much more life left to live. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

      • b.Dawn
        June 28, 2012

        Chocolate cake for breakfast?! Now, I don’t mind fulfulling that dream at all! We can sometimes get so engulfed in life, routines, work, kids, schedules, etc that we forget to do even small things like that every once in a while. My mom is visiting me for the week, and my usual routine is to start at 5 am..prayer/read/journal, workout, travel to work, work, travel back home, cook, and something social during the night. That is pretty much my work week. But this week, she brought me out of the monotony. Yesterday she peeked in my room at 5am and we baked/ate a pizza and had girl talk before I headed off to work! Such an effortless thing, but so much fun which trickled down over the rest of my day!

  18. I can so relate to that freedom feeling of having your own car. There is something about being able to just get in and drive that is exciting. And as a surfer, it has an even deeper meaning. I love driving and looking for waves almost as much as I like surfing them.

    • PopExcavators
      June 29, 2012

      Thanks for your comments. There’s nothing like freedom. I’m assuming you’ve seen “The Endless Summer?”

  19. Linda
    June 29, 2012

    Great comments, Ryan. You have great insights. Encouraging all out there to pursue their dreams, no matter what.

  20. Trevor Honeycutt
    July 5, 2012

    This post reminds me of a book that I read in college called On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It inspired me to begin busting out of the little space in the world that I had been living in, and get out and explore the world more. About a year later I took a month long trip to Mexcio, Belize, and Guatamala with a buddy; and it was a fantastic adventure, and I’ve enjoyed the adventurous side of life ever since.

    And now I’m glad to be enjoying the greatest advetures of walking by faith and not by sight. Plus the road less traveled that the Lord leads us down not only includes great adventures, but it’s populated wonderful people to get to know…like YOU!

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