Hopes and Dreams


“If you don’t give up your hopes and dreams, then there will always be a good ending.”

Over the past number of months I have been “digitally” copying a couple of thousand of my parents old slides. Some of which went back to an era before I was born. Recently, I ran across the one below. It was taken when I was 19 years old.

When I first saw this, I could barely remember the moment. I knew the place immediately, but the moment escaped me. Then, I got to thinking about what happened to that skinny,  young guy in that picture …… his hopes, his dreams, his life’s path ……..

I really put some thought in it and at age 19, I really don’t remember a lot of hopes and dreams. A few perhaps, but nothing substantial. I was young, somewhat immature and prior to this little stint in the Army, I already had done a couple of years in college and worked full-time throughout that period …… I was just beginning to explore life, to find my way. I was looking forward to living life.

Fast forward through multiple decades, now I look at life today ….. I think about everything I’ve been through, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I now have more hopes and dreams than I did at 19. And through all of this, I am STILL looking forward to living life!

I think as much as life has changed, as much as I have changed, that I am more THANKFUL and feel more BLESSED now, than at any other time in my life. Thankful for the people in my life, my family, my friends. I love all of you!! Thankful that God has been in my life and spared me, blessed me, and gave me a new chance at life. Thankful for my anonymous donor that simply said “YES” to organ donation.

Hopes and dreams …… I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

What did happen to that skinny, young kid? He’s still here … still smiling!! (But not quite as skinny AND way OLDER!!)

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About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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1 Response to Hopes and Dreams

  1. Great read. I feel the same. Happier now than ever in my life. It’s nice to look back and see progress.

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