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June 6, 2005

Dreams only take a Chance to Realize

by Jane Smith

Everyone has their limits but some limits are just alittle more than others. Some let the limits stop them dead in their tracks, others say, "nothing is going to stop me now" and life goes on.

You are born with feet on top of your legs, hands that look like crab claws and for the first five years of your life, you know nothing but casts, surgeries, and braces. You never crawl because you have full leg casts so you roll. Then at the age of fourteen months, you stand up with full legs casts and walk to everyone's surprise. Astonishing to everyone around you.

All your life and before you were even born, you have heard racecars. You grow up loving racing, dreaming of being behind that wheel, pushing that gas pedal, and going fast.

Racing does far more than empty your pocketbook, at least, for the majority. Racing gives you a second family that does not make fun of your dreams and understands completely. Some let you help them on their cars because they see the desire in your eyes to learn. You want to know everything there is about the sport you love the most.

Years come and go and you are 12 almost 13 going on 20. Your desire has grown with each passing year and yes, you know how to drive. You ask every person you know if they will give you a car, any car, so by the time you are 14 you are ready to go. Your desire shines thru and many see it.

Then someone gives you a chance not in a car but on a motorcycle. They do stunts for the show but allow you to go out with them as if you were one of them. They make sure you are safe and have a helmet and that you can drive that cycle and part of your dream comes true.

In a world where most like to judge others not by the inside but by the outside, some see thru the limitations of life and get down to the real person inside. They see what you can do and not what you can't do.

Dreams help reach the goals of tomorrow and last Friday, one little boy took one step towards that dream. You were part of a race team, a close knit family, that saw you as a future star and gave you a chance. And that is all that is needed for anyone, a chance.

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