I once was taught that the mindset of following one’s dream is a good way to go broke. I know many close to me who would ask ( and not necessarily complimentary) when have I not followed my dream.
There is truth in this, but I kind of did it half heartedly. I think I looked for ways to have fun, but anything deeper was not a requirement. I dared not to dream. Not really.
I am fascinated with people who as part of their dream fought for a cause. My latest fascination continues to be Robinson Jeffers.
Dr. Peter Quigley in his book Housing the Environmental Imagination writes, “Five years after moving to Carmel, California in 1919, Jeffers bought 16 lots for $200 apiece, eventually owning 36 lots, none with a purchase price any higher than $3,000.” This over a ten year span.
Jeffers’s son Donnan reported that in 1977 these lots had a value of $200,000. We can only imagine what Jeffers’s dream is worth today. “Dreams, a good way to go broke.” Can I blame it on my mother?