Star Trek, at it's best, is truly a spectacular dream for humanity. It's a bold vision of mankind overcoming the hardships and injustices of today - war, poverty and disease - and nobly setting forth to peacefully explore the galaxy in the centuries to come. Star Trek is a grand dream for all of the dreamers among us.
On an individual basis, I was truly inspired by the example set this past weekend by a 47 year old woman from a small town named Blackburn, Scotland who never forgot her childhood dream of becoming a professional singer. While many of us often don't act on our youthful ambitions; casting them aside as seemingly impossible goals; this lady - Susan Boyle - who at first appearance seems ill fit for success in an industry that often glorifies the glamorous and the beautiful - bravely took the stage at the UK variety show "Britains Got Talent" and risked public embarrassment before a nationwide audience in pursuit of her dream.
I urge you to view this 7 min video if you have not already seen it! What you will hear is a voice as angelic as any you've admired in the past. It is readily apparent that the audience is predisposed against Ms. Boyle at the beginning - especially after she relates that she is unemployed at present and lives alone with her pet cat - having never been married. The reaction of the listeners, ofcourse, overwhelmingly changes when she begins to sing!
While this particular post has seemingly little to do with Star Trek; it is about an individual pursuing one's dream in exactly the same spirit as Star Trek.I suspect that you will be entranced by Susan Boyle's performance just as much as I. And perhaps be inspired to take a second look at pursuing some long - forgotten dream of your own; that was relegated to "some other time" as you became caught up in the day-to-day realities or minutiae of life.
What a splendid reminder that we should never judge a book by its cover; and that true beauty can flourish in us all!