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Aphelion Editorial 029

October 1999

The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...

by Dan L. Hollifield

Sometimes, you get so busy with all the stuff that needs doing that you have to forego the things that you really want to do. These dreams and aspirations slide further and further into the background while you whittle away at the endless "must do - NOW" inbox on the desktop of your life. You wind up feeling harried and a bit depressed, dissatisfied and put-upon, and finally you just about reachthe point to where you're ready to tell the whole world what to kiss - and when. (This is why humans invented the "vacation", by the way.)

Which feels really good to say- but it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to the whole, irritating, "need you to do this - yesterday" world.

What usually happens is that one day you look back at the life that you've led and discover that you never did manage to make the time to follow your dreams. This stage is usually followed by what is called a "mid-life crisis" wherein you do something really stupid in the vain hope of recapturing your lost youth. The most common stupid thing that men do is buy some sort of expensive red sports car. I don't know what the most common stupid thing is that women do - and I'm personally too chicken to ask - but whatever it is, they're just as entitled to do it as men are.

I can't help feeling that it’s probably better just to go ahead and make the time to chase your dreams in the first place. All I know is that that's what I've done- although I did waste more than half my lifetime so far before I began the pursuit -and I feel really good about myself. (Trust me, now is NOT a good time to point out to me that my red motorcycle could be construed to be the ultimate sports car. I've been addicted to motorcycles since my childhood and have owned at least five of them over the years. That's not a crisis, that's a habit.) My dream has been to write stories, to entertain people. I'd like to think that I've some small measure of success with that dream. (Even though I still haven't sold anything. LOL)

So hold on to your dreams. Don't let them slip away. And remember, no car ever built can drive fast enough to make you young again.

Thanks for your time.



1999 Dan L. Hollifield

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