Today is April Fool’s Day. A day of traditionally pranking others in the name of fun. Sometimes it means getting people to believe something that is not true and the fun is seeing them believe it, and then revealing – shockingly- how untrue that belief was.
What if untrue beliefs are holding you back and no one is there to reveal them?
I think most of us don’t want to have the regret at the end of our lives that we:
- played it too safe
- that we gave up on a dream without persisting
- that we didn’t have the courage to step out of our comfort zone and take a risk
- that we were too afraid to appear foolish and perhaps lost the opportunity of a lifetime.
If you have a dream, and have a “pull” or “calling” to it and yet don’t pursue it because it seems foolish, then could you be playing the prank of your life on yourself?
Is it foolish to follow a dream that seems foolish, or is it foolish not to?
On March 21, 2015 I met Roger Crouch and had the opportunity to hear him speak at a lunch at Kenney Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida. Later on, we met him to sign our photo, and he inscribed it with “Alves, Follow Your Dreams“. He also signed my daughter’s autograph book with the same message, “Sophia, follow your dreams.“
Astronaut Roger Crouch’s Dream
It’s always amazing to hear an astronaut speak or even meet one. Their journey from Earth to outer space can inspire us all to follow our dreams. Roger Crouch was no different.
Born in 1940, Roger Crouch had no astronauts as role models when he was a child. That dream didn’t even happen yet. But he did see a movie about outer space, and that inspired his own dream to go to space. Roger’s dream hit a detour (not a dead end) when he was told as a young man that he was color blind and couldn’t become a pilot. Still, he pursued his dream of going to outer space for over 30 years — constantly applying and being rejected.
This might seem like a foolish thing to do and a foolish dream to continue with — but not to Roger.
Three physics degrees later, as an expert in his field as a payload specialist, and at the age of 56, he became an astronaut. Not only once but twice in less than 3 months.
From the brief encounter I had with Roger Crouch, he demonstrated kindness, warmth and inspiration. He took time out to answer Sophia’s question about if people got taller in outer space. He gathered my husband and I close in with a tight squeeze for the picture. He took time out to speak with us at the autograph signing. He did this with many others as far as I could tell.
Kindness and the ability to dream … two amazing qualities that will get you anywhere.
What’s your dream, and more importantly what actions are you taking to follow it?
It’s not enough to have a dream. What is the plan to follow that dream? Is it written out? What tangible actions are you taking in pursuit of it? They may not be visible actions in the outer world. Sometimes the path begins with inner work — working through ungrounded fears and misplaced beliefs.
Become curious and actively search out the beliefs that may be shockingly untrue. Life … and dreams… are worth it.
Seeing Space Shuttle Atlantis close up was proof positive that what once starts as a dream can end up in reality through dedication, team work, science and engineering. Here are some additional pictures from our trip to Kennedy Space Centre.