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A friend passed along this video link that is an advertisement for Taiwanese TC Bank. It is a beautifully rendered short story in 3:11 seconds about a group of octogenerian men who decided to look aging, illness, loss, grief and physical limitation in the face and laugh right straight at it by takin’ it to the streets, by hittin’ the road and hopping on motorcycles for a cross country road trip.  What an amazing testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the fortitude and determination it takes to hold a dream in the palm of your hand, gaze at at it and then live it full out! I was blown away; tears and goosebumps coming forth as I considered what it took for these guys to get up off the pity pot on which they may have been sitting and train (which the ad shows them doing) in preparation for the journey. Although flashes of earlier times in their lives together are part of the montage, I didn’t get the sense that they were simply re-living their youth, but rather re-inventing themselves anew; transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, indeed.

It is tempting to fall into a ‘poor me’ mode when things don’t go the way we want them to, or when we are faced with challenges and crises of faith. What I discover daily is how resilient we all can be if we feel we have a purpose, a passion, a desire to do something meaningful. Now, these ‘biker dudes’; these Dream Rangers didn’t do anything dramatically world altering, and yet they did, at the same time, since they are now living examples of what is possible if you put your heart and soul into what you do. Positively empowered people are a greater force for good in the world.

So, what’s your dream and how ya gonna live it, full out?

http://youtu.be/vksdBSVAM6g



  • http://jargontalk.livejournal.com/ John Williamson

    Edie, your words are truly inspiring, even at this early hour of the morning. This is one post that I have to pass onto others… and the video created by Ogilvy Taiwan is amazing!

    Should have kept my old Honda 450 – ride like the wind!

  • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein

    Thank you, John. I love serendipitous discoveries that call out to be described here. I am always on the look out for story ideas.

    Vrrooooooommmm <3

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