Can you think of a quote that has sparked your imagination? I can. It was the first quote I ever committed to memory. I was in 9th grade and it was on a poster on the wall in the kitchen of my friend’s home. It was a picture of Robert F. Kennedy.
I’m not sure why this quote moved me, but it did. It’s that fine line between a harbinger and an inspiration, where something captures your essence and you are unsure if that’s because of what you are, or what you will become.
Whichever it is, it’s how I’ve lived my life. As Malcolm Gladwell has pointed out in his book, Outliers, there were many of us in Palo Alto, where I grew up, and the Bay Area generally, who thought this way in the 1970’s and 80’s. This quote has not been a constant awareness, nor do I even think of it often, but my life’s work here on this website is the product of this state of mind.
Many think to dream of things that never were is a mistake. “Foolish dreamer” they say — and perhaps they are right much of the time. Most dreamers along the path less traveled by never emerge from the brier along that path, but thankfully some do.
And when they do emerge a path is born. Thank you, Robert.