All human beings have dreams. The ones we experience at night while we sleep are usually left open to interpretation by doctors who will spend hours analyzing and interpreting the meaning of them. These are not the dreams I am referring to.
I am talking about the hopes and desires of every person as they live out their day to day lives, wishing and hoping that they can achieve a goal. Whether it is dreaming about at better car, a better house, or a better job, every person has done some sort of dreaming about what they wish they could have, and often are working to get.
Often the dreams of an individual are formulated at a very young age. When we are children, anything is possible. We have our entire lives ahead to work toward a specific goal, before limitations set in. It is a time of wonder, of hope, of dreams.
When I was a child, I had two major dreams. The first of which was to play right field for the New York Yankees. Hour after hour, I would catch pop ups from my dad, imitating the style of Dave Winfield. My dream was to take his place in the Yankees lineup after he retired, carrying on the tradition of the team in pinstripes.
My other dream was to play for the Green Bay Packers. I often envisioned myself as the next coming of Tim Harris, who at the time I was playing was tearing up the NFL. I growled like Harris, I played with reckless abandon like Harris. I was obsessed with being the next great sack master to play for the Packers.
Unfortunately, neither of my dreams came to be. Instead I have to live vicariously through the current players.
As the Packers prepare to play the Browns in the first pre season game of 2011 the dreams of many players will come to fruition tomorrow night. A thought which began when they were young will become a reality when they set foot in the field and play a game in the NFL. It is something that the players have looked forward to literally their entire lives.
As they put their shoulder pads on and pull the helmet with the big "G" on the side over their heads, I hope that all of the Packers take a minute to remember that moment. Thinking back to their youth, and remembering when they first started to dream about a career in professional football. Reflecting on how far they have come, and how far they still have to go.
Unfortunately, the dream of some will begin to end tomorrow night as well. As players are compared to each other, and decisions are made as to who stays and who goes, some will face the inevitable, where their dream is stopped. They should never lose sight of what they have been working their entire lives for. If it does not work out in Green Bay, keep chasing the dream. Some of us will never know what it is like to chase that particular dream.
We all have dreams. We all have goals. The dreams of an NFL player continue tomorrow. While they are slamming each other to the ground tomorrow night, I'll take a moment and dream about sacking quarterbacks, like I used to.