Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss
I am all about following one’s dreams and turning them into reality and I believe we can all make a difference in this world. Each of us individually can do great things, after all, that is why we are here. Because of this, I’ve decided to dedicate some of my blog posts to helping others make their dreams come true.
This isn’t about donating money, although that is definitely one way you can make a difference, it’s about doing what you feel guided to do which may be nothing or it may be a lot. Sometimes just letting someone know you support them and want to see them succeed can make more difference to them than all the money in the world. My goal is to find things I believe in and share them with you. Whether you believe in the same things or not, I hope I inspire you to make a difference for something or someone you believe in.
I’ll do my best to provide different ways you can make a difference so, if you choose, you can show your support for somebody following their dreams in a way that works for you.
You may have seen a recent post I put on Facebook about Brett Saxon. Brett grew up in Elk River, near me, and has been playing music for years. When I worked in Parks and Recreation, one of the things I did was help open a teen center, named Emporium by those who spent time there, where we had local bands play just about every weekend. It was a chance for them to do what they loved, share it with others, learn about promoting themselves, and make a few bucks for gas and Perkins after the show.
While Brett’s band wasn’t one we needed it for, we did have an officer on site at every show who dutifully brought his first aid kit, lovingly labeled Mosh Pit Medicine, just in case. We had a blast hanging out there every weekend and I don’t think I hardly had a Friday night free for a few years but it was ok because I really enjoyed being a part of what was being created there.
Unfortunately, the Emporium is no more. It was turned in to a facility for other activities by the city a few years ago and, recently, became the site to a new blacktop area. It was sad watching that building come down – a site so full of memories. But today, there is an opportunity to turn someone’s dreams into a reality, to help create new memories, by supporting Brett and his quest to make his first full-length, studio-recorded CD.
Here are just some of the ways you can show someone you care today.