So do dreams actually come true? Dreams can be defined as a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep. Or it could be something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time. It could be a visionary creation of the imagination – a daydream. I myself have actually been called a daydreamer or dreamer many times, and I take it very much as a compliment, although many times I think it was intended as sarcasm and in jest – such as, "Keep on dreaming, Booy, you're such a dreamer!"
Personally, I love the word, and yes, indeed it has played a big part in my life.
As a student and teenager, I dreamt of travelling. Mission accomplished, as I travelled Europe and Northern Africa for the better part of a year. I dreamt of owning my own farm one day. Mission accomplished, as we have dairy farmed our own special 20-acre "Dream Acres" for over 20 years now. What wasn't originally a dream for me, but has morphed into one, is achieving a Master Breeder Shield. Mission not quite accomplished – yet – but in the top ten for the last four years, and still dreaming. The future: exciting dreams and visions that are still being accomplished.
So am I a dreamer? Yes, because I believe a dream is a strongly desired goal or purpose, and something that fully satisfies a wish. Believe me, dreams do come true. Never in my "wildest dreams" did I imagine it would be so much fun!
My early childhood years were spent living on a huge well-known thoroughbred horse farm, and my passion for that industry almost rivaled my passion for the dairy industry. And so it was recently, as it has been for over 50-plus years, I plunked myself down in my favourite chair in front of the TV on the first Saturday in May to watch the Kentucky Derby. The "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports!" they say. In my humble estimation it is, and along with millions of other viewers and over 165,000 in attendance at the famous Churchill Downs in Kentucky, that "dream" word kept popping up like popcorn throughout the three-hour telecast. It was while watching the Derby that the theme for my column in this edition, "The Power of Dreams" also popped up.
The "Ultimate Dream" for those in the thoroughbred industry is winning the Kentucky Derby. In a world dominated by millionaires and billionaires all trying to buy this elusive and esteemed prize, on this special first Saturday in May it was the "dreamers" turn to cash in. Two friends with little money and big dreams formed a partnership with the vision of winning the big one. Again, in a world of multi-million dollar babies and $100,000 stud fees, they purchased an $8,000 mare and bred her to a stud with a fee of $2,500. "Dumb asses," they were called, and this became the name of their partnership, Dumb Ass Partners, or DAP Stables. On this special day in May, and against all odds, the culmination of that mating – a handsome baby called California Chrome – defied the disbelievers and honoured the dreamers. They had the last laugh, those DAP Partners, and through "The Power of Dreams" their dream did come true!
So for all of you out there in dairy land, dare to dream. Remember, it's a state of mind, a vision, a faith, a deep relaxed sleep that induces a dream to come to fruition. Dream on! Dream big! And like one of my favourite mottos says, "There is nothing like a dream to create the future!"
Wishing John and Sue Hylkema and family of Hyljon Holsteins all the best as they pursue their new dream of farming on the Prairies. Hope to see you all at the dispersal sale July 12! (I won't forget, as it's a great way to spend the eve of my birthday!)