Dream New Dreams

March 27, 2022

Good morning my friends.  I hope you’re staying happy and healthy.  On Thursday, this coming week, we will close the month of March and end the first quarter of 2022.  Life doesn’t slow down, so do your best to keep up.  Covid restrictions are finally being eliminated.  My hope is to see our nation, and the world, return to some type of normalcy very soon.  Is that even possible, as we find our land in the midst of an economic crisis.  Nations around the world continue to struggle with issues of varying degrees.  Putin’s egotistical bid to control neighboring countries, as well as energy resources, continues to fuel the Russian invasion and destruction of the Ukraine.  Why world leaders didn’t immediately unite to stop his aggression is beyond me. They knew it was coming, yet did nothing.  The oil and energy situation, especially here at home, is frustrating to say the least.  It would so simple for the USA to be energy independent.  This would free us from paying billions of tax payers’ dollars to Russia, or any other nation.  Why do we continue to pay anyone for oil, while we have it here within our grasp?  Our president maintains the illusion that we are saving the planet, by not producing our own energy.  Now we rely on other nations to produce oil, causing the same atmospheric conditions.  How ludicrous is Biden’s thought process?  How many Americans actually believe his nonsense? America is much more capable to manage our own energy production efficiently, with less environmental impact.  It’s sad how our economy is tied to world oil prices, which ultimately affects our gasoline prices (along will everything else; including food, clothing, housing, etc..).  Prices continue to increase; to drive, eat, live or just exist.  America, when will you wake up?  Our leaders are elected to make choices that are in the best for our own nation.  I doubt that’s really happening.   

As a kid, growing up in Los Angeles, I imagined I could be anything I wanted in life.  My visions and dreams were vivid and magical.  I envisioned a fabulous and fun filled life.  I was told, “you can be anything you want to be.”  There was a simple flaw with this statement.  As I grew older I was steered, pushed or pressured to be something I didn’t want to be.  Little did I know my dreams would soon be altered.  I never really enjoyed school.  It wasn’t fun and I never felt like I fit in.  I had reading issues that I didn’t understand; so I always felt inferior.  The controls my Mom placed on my sister and I didn’t help.  Dreams were for dreamers, who had no vision of the future.  Gaining a college education was apparently the only catalyst to a great career.  A good paying job, with benefits and healthcare, were the answer to living a happy life. I’m not sure who promoted this logic.  It didn’t sound right then or now.  After I graduated from high school, my dreams were derailed for a college education.  I wanted to join the military, but my Mom wouldn’t allow it.  I actually hoped I’d get drafted, even if it meant being sent to Vietnam.  Instead, I went to college.  Luckily, I followed in my sisters footsteps and went away to college in San Diego.  I’m happy and fortunate for an amazing Dad, who showed me anything was possible.  This is where I learned to dream my own dreams.       

My parents taught me to respect all people and things, including life.  Starting at an early age, they instilled character traits that would carry me through adulthood.  Honesty, Loyalty and Integrity were some of the corner stones that helped build my moral foundation.  Age and experience molded my personality and principles with a firm platform to get me to this day.  It took me many years to realize that hard work pays off, but then so does patience.  I am a firm believer in dedication and striving to reach for your dreams.  If you sit on your butt all day doing nothing, you’ll never get anywhere. Patience plays an important role, in unison with hard work, in its timing.  I believe the universe brings us what we need when the time is right.  When I look back at events in my life, both personal and professional, I see and understand the importance of the timing of every detail.  Nothing is impossible; especially when you incorporate ability, discipline, determination and motivation.  They’re all component parts of the puzzle.  I must believe in myself first, before I can succeed.  This is the time I can’t allow negativity, self-doubt or fear to creep into my mind.  When I control my thoughts, I can change my life.  Maintain a positive attitude, eliminate distractions and clear your thoughts.  Allow new clarity to lead you down a different path.  Life is an incredible journey, not to be missed.  

Based on my knowledge and experience, I’ve been my largest obstacle to my success.  This scenario was true during my early life, and it persisted in my love life and relationships.  Today, that storyline is changing.  I reached for assistance to conquer my past adversity and struggles.  I’ve done the work, dug deep into my mind and exposed the negativity that’s hindered my forward progress.  The past is gone.  I discovered it’s okay to be me.  No one is perfect.  We all have flaws.  I continue do my best each day to be the best human I can be.  I might not always get it right, but I continue to learn and grow with each passing moment.  Each sunrise provides new opportunities to be a better me, while I reach for my stars! Yes, you can be anything you want to be in life.  It’s never too late, and you’re never too old, to dream new dreams or seek new adventures.  You are only limited by the constraints your own mind confines you too.  Break free from the control, open your mind and heart, while living today and reaching for tomorrow.  Your desires are achievable with hard work, determination, discipline and dedication.  Be patient, listen to your heart and allow the universe to work it’s magic.  Believe in yourself, confidence is key, and you’re halfway to success.  

There have been several times in my life where I’ve felt down; but never defeated.  In times of struggle, I muster all my energy and strength to push myself toward my goal.  It’s okay to slide backwards (a little), if you must.  The challenge is getting up the next hill.  To accomplish this, and continue forward momentum, I seek inspiration from various sources.  There are certain individuals (family and friends), places and things that provide support, motivation and encouragement for me during these times.  My Dad was always a huge inspiration for me.  Shortly after I joined the LAPD, as a young officer, I outlined my dream to become a SWAT officer.  There were some people who laughed and scoffed at my idea.  Several officers and supervisors told me I didn’t have a chance; but there were always those who believed.  My Dad told me to work hard and I could achieve anything.  Seven years after being sworn in as an LAPD officer, I had the opportunity to apply to SWAT.  I didn’t make it past the oral interview.  I was told to trim my mustache to Department standards and try again.  The next opportunity was less than a year later.  It’s a lengthy and rigorous testing process, including a physical fitness test and oral interview.  I was selected to continue the process with a week-long deselection; which included firearms qualification courses, individual and team movement, building searches, tactical obstacle courses, repelling and crisis entry exercises.  Yes, I even trimmed my mustache.  Eight years and three months after I was sworn in as an LAPD officer, I was selected to join the Special Weapons and Tactics team.  My self-confidence and hard work helped propel my career.     

I wasted too much time attempting to control outcomes or worrying about how things would work out.  What I discovered; things always seem to a have way of working out.  Maybe it’s not exactly as I planned, but often times, it’s actually better.  My suggestion, “stop worrying and start living.”  Life begins when we break free from our past and truly enjoy the present.  When I released my mind from past events and trauma; this is where living, dreaming and enjoying life began.  This is true whether you’re in school, beginning a career or retiring.  Age doesn’t matter; just enjoy life!  If you aren’t doing that, then it’s time for you to re-evaluate where you are or where you want to be now and in the future.  It’s your life and destiny.  We can’t control many events, but when we make better, well informed choices; allowing life to unfold into a journey of beauty.  Take a chance, work hard, reach for your dreams, live your passions and enjoy life. Release your fears and cherish every single moment of time on this planet.  Believe in your own power and strength.  Seek adventures and love before you reach your final moment in time.  Follow your dreams.  They know the way.

Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more!  The puzzle of life is always changing.  Change can lead to amazing opportunities.  Together let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually! 

Thanks for your love and support!  Embrace Life!  Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!

Published by lapd22695

My goal is to be a better me. I want people to be more aware about mental and physical health. We are all humans living on this planet. Let's enjoy our lives, happy and healthy. It's okay to smile and help others along the way.

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