This I Believe……….. Dreams Of A Lifetime

Ronald - Oelwein, Iowa
Entered on September 8, 2008
Age Group: 65+
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?This I Believe …………

This I Believe……………….. that

everyone has at least one

dream in their lifetime. A dream

that is in the forefront of our

lives as we live it. One to reach

for, look forward to, live with a

passion to attain that dream that

drive us to each level, of what it

takes to get to the goal.

Sometimes the dream changes

or moves us to a different

direction. Sometimes we put it

on hold for a while, but then pick

it up when the timing is right to

continue, such as: raising a

family, or until we can afford the

expense, or until we retire, or

until the children leave the nest,

or until we finish our education

or until your health is good.

Sometimes life hits you with a

rock, and wakes you up from

your dream and brings you back

to reality. The dream is not lost,

it is just on hold. When your are

able, get back to where you left

it, stay focused & believing.

In high school, I dreamed of

being a performer on stage, on

the ice or in the recordings

business. That lasted about 6

years. I guess, I could say that

I reached that dream at the local

level, with many performances &

shows under my belt. While I was in the Navy, I learned early on, that I did not

want to be a deck hand, but

dreamed of maybe getting in the

medical technical field. I applied

for a specialized training school

as a hospital corpsman. I

became that dream, who could

suture an injury, assist in the

operating and delivery room,

dispense medications, perform

patient care on the hospital

wards & did emergency runs

with an ambulance and some

helicopter assignments. These

changes in my life matured me

as a young man and leaving

some childhood dreams behind.

I fell in love and wanted to

marry my high school

sweetheart and share the rest of

my life with her and hopefully

raise a family. She said YES to

my question… we are still living

that dream together 51 years later.

I studied Business

Administration while in college,

but at that time I could not see

what could be gained in that

field, but after I was discharged

from the Navy, with my bride &

son and another baby on the

way, the dream (motivation)

was to find a position to support

my family. I turned to the field I

was trained for in college….

retailing and accounting. After

interviewing, I received an offer

from the JC Penney Company in

their manager training program.

We were gifted with two more

sons added to our family.

I will never forget when I came home one

day, to tell my bride that we

were being transferred to St.

Cloud, MN … as a department

manager for a new large store

opening. After 2 years there, I

received an offer to manage a

small store in Dyersville, IA.

Now with a family of 5, the

dream continues with all the joys

they have given us and their

continuation of our family tree

…….. adding 7 grandchildren to

the family … another dream


The rest of my dreams have all

been here in Oelwein, IA these past

35 years …. new friends, new

experiences, buying our first &

possibly our last house and

transforming it into a home for

our family to always return and

friends to come and enjoy.

Retirment is always a dream

for all of us, some are ready

sooner that others……. I did 11 years ago!

New dreams of traveling and

taking part in community public

organizations and continuing to

try to make a difference for

others. Dreams continue and change,

but they are always there …… all

you have to do is wish, and with

patience & determination, they

come true … not all of them, but

if only one dream comes true, it

is worth the dreaming. I have

been blessed enough to have

more than one come true. Life

is truly good, thanks to our being

able to dream and never let go

of them until you want to.

This I believe..