Taking a second look at the young lady and I could not help but ask, “Are you a singer or songwriter or both?” She told me her story. After a few dead-end jobs in her hometown of
, she finally decided to pursue her dream of a career in the music business. So she packed her bags, told her mama what she was going to do and left sunny Orlando Florida to come to . She was, indeed, a songwriter and had done some back up singing. She needed a job that gave her enough time write and meet people in the business. Nashville
It’s a story that has been repeated for years. Aspiring writer or singer comes to town, gets a job that allows them time to reach for the golden ring and then proceeds to live their dreams. Unfortunately, too often, the dream becomes a nightmare as they realize there are a lot of really talented singers and a lot of gifted songwriters in
. To succeed, the dreamer must be talented, lucky, persistent and patient. Without these, many young people come to town full of hope and dreams, but leave later full of real life experiences and disappointments. Nashville
The bright side of the experience, if and when they reflect on it, they didn’t let their untested dreams be a constant reminder of the “should haves” and “could haves” of life. They will not have to tell their grandkids, “I should or could have gone to
and been a big star.” They will be able to encourage their grandkids to follow their dreams. “I followed my dream. It didn’t work out like I wanted, but, at least, I gave it my best shot!” Nashville
The biggest regrets of life are bound up in the things we should have done. The decisions we should have made. The most often comment I hear among the white hair set is “I wish I had it (life) to do over again.” They generally add the qualifier, “Assuming I could know what I know now.” The kicker is in real life we don’t know what the future holds. Too many of us let that fear of the future hold us back from pursuing our passions, our dreams. And too many of us approach the winter of our lives with a long string of “I wish I had...” The real secret of living is to realize, it is never too late to follow your dreams. For most of us, it would be ideal to die with no unfinished dreams or regrets.
That’s my View From The Fall