In this clip from The Fastest Indian, Burt Monroe arrives in Utah from New Zealand to accomplish his lifelong dream of beating the land speed record on his motorcycle.
Based on a true story from 1960, Burt shows up without having registered for the race and is not allowed to participate.
Burt practiced, made sure that his motorcycle and shell was in good condition, even got on the plane from New Zealand to Utah. But, he didn’t’ register, or even find out what was needed to register for the race. I’m sure that he went through all of the Kubler-Ross Stages of Grief over the death of his dream with that experience; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. But, he would still have been left with regret.
“People think responsibility is hard to bear. It's not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.” Henry Kissinger.
This clip made me realize that there are always responsibilities connected to every dream. Rules, regulations and preparation all have their places in well planned dream fulfillment. All dreams have work connected to them. Some work feels more like fun; that’s why it’s your dream. But, not everything connected to your dream is fun. Research and paperwork are not fun for me. But, they are important responsibilities of my dream fulfillment.
What are the rules and responsibilities connected to your dream? Don’t be caught at the threshold of dream fulfillment and be caught unaware of major rules or responsibilities for which you should have been ready. Dreams are hard enough to accomplish. Don’t get in your own way by being caught off guard by unmet responsibilities.