Yesterday, I caught part of the movie "The Astronaut Farmer" with Billy Bob Thornton and to give you a brief summary, the movie is about a man who has a dream to personally build a spaceship (think NASA) and launch it into orbit (himself). I won’t give away the ending but as you might guess, he encounters lots of trials, tribulations and obstacles along the way not the least of which is the US Government. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the movie but there was a scene in which he had to appear before some kind of governmental agency in order to get approval and as you might expect, he was getting all kinds of resistance. At a point in the hearings, he says something akin to the following:
When we are children, we are told (and we believe) that we can do anything – be anything – we want to when we grow up but along the way, something happens and we stop believing…
I am paraphrasing but I find that sentiment is absolutely true. When we are children, our dreams are limitless but along the way we get boxed into expectations and mediocrity. Being average is rewarded, being creative and independent is not. We become afraid that we will fail (or succeed). We become afraid of what others will think or one hundred other reasons that prevent many of us from even trying. Recently I saw a quote that went something like this: F.E.A.R = False Evidence Appearing Real – don’t believe it! My question for you today is: What did you want to be when you grew up? If you could be anything in the world right now, what would it be and what’s standing in your way?
YES, you can!