By Jeff Altman
“If you chase your dreams long enough, you might just catch them.”
~Henry Aaron speaking about his mother’s advice to them
Hank Aaron was born in the South when being a black man or woman was hellish. He was among the first black baseball players, playing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where that was far more difficult than today.
The team eventually moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and he continued to be a star for the Atlanta Braves. Eventually, he went on to break Babe Ruth’s home run record, something that no one ever expected to happen.
It was not easy being him, but with a single-minded purpose, he played baseball exceptionally well. Aaron spoke about what was like chasing Babe Ruth’s record.
“It really made me see for the first time a clear picture of what this country is about,” he said. “My kids had to live like they were in prison because of kidnap threats, and I had to live like a pig in a slaughter camp. I had to duck. I had to go out the back door of the ball parks. I had to have a police escort with me all the time. I was getting threatening letters every single day. All of these things have put a bad taste in my mouth, and it won’t go away. They carved a piece of my heart away.”
To chase your dreams requires that you do the work and sometimes it requires more than just that.
Yes, you must have a dream, but effort goes into this process of achievement and success.
When I ran the New York marathon in 1990, I trained for one solid year to spend those few hours running the race.
Some people were with me and supported me at the very beginning. Some people were with me and encouraged me in the last two weeks as I approached running the race.
In the middle, there was no one other than my wife who said anything
It’s lonely chasing dreams.
You may hear your friends’ voices discouraging you.
The only encouragement that may offer is the encouragement to quit.
Like an old grandmother whispering in your ear that it’s too hard, they want comfort in their mediocrity and their choice not to chase or persevere.
Find people who will encourage you and comfort you in your chase. Confide in them.
They want the best for you.
“I don’t want them to forget (Babe) Ruth; I just want them to remember me.”
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021
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