Social Media is full of memes, quotes, tweets and posts about ‘Living The Dream!’

Over the weekend, I watched and listened to stories of two incredible people with very big dreams.

Firstly, I watched Donald Campbell’s ‘Bluebird’ Hydroplane, floated, for the first time in 50 years as part of a testing procedure. As many of you will have seen, the plane was rebuilt following its recovery from the bottom of Coniston Waters in 2001, following Campbell’s fatal crash in 1967…his last, brave attempt to smash his own world water speed record resulting in his untimely death.

I’ve always been fascinated by Donald Campbell, no doubt influenced after watching one of my all-time favourite actors, Anthony Hopkins playing the lead in the story of the last sixty days in the life of the speed ace – ‘Across the Lake’. Although the film is now some 30 years old, I have never forgotten those eerie final scenes, and ‘Mr Woppit’, his teddy bear and mascot, found in the debris of the accident.

I vividly remember visiting Coniston Water some years later, and it’s comforting to think that Campbell’s body was recovered in 2001, and subsequently buried nearby.

I then settled down on Sunday evening to watch the film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’, with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in the leading roles. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a little gem! The story of a 76 year old lady who cannot sing a note, dreams of being a celebrated opera singer and contrives to perform at America’s most hallowed concert venue…Carnegie Hall!

Again based upon a true story, Florence never once gives up on her dream to become a singer, even though she had a terrible voice. But what she did lack on vocal expertise was more than compensated by her sheer determination to succeed.

Sadly, her story also came with a sad ending, as she suffered a heart attack shortly after performing at Carnegie, and died a month later.

Florence had been shielded from criticism by her adoring and loyal second husband (the first gave her syphillis), for many years, but after reading a damning article in the New York Post, she was so upset that she collapsed and never recovered.

Let’s be clear! I’m not advocating the pursuit of dreams until a fatal outcome is reached!

What I am saying is we should all be telling our own stories of getting where we want to be, by sheer guts and determination, even if no-one else believes in our dream and says that it can’t be or shouldn’t be done.

I’ll sign off with Florence’s own words…”People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”

Sue Alty – The Creative Coordinator

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We think Sue must be a ‘Master of the Dark Arts’, as she has hidden depths! Running our office with meticulous planning and capability, Sue is an avid list writer with a keen eye for detail. But don’t be fooled by that organised demeanour, for Sue is as creative as she is efficient! A skilled communicator with a humorous edge, Sue is as passionate about people and their learning and development as she is about becoming the future Mrs Tom Hardy or Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch (either will do!).  An interesting career path has taken her from the glamour of working in luxury London hotels to the chilled Distribution Centres of supermarket retail, and whether managing small groups or large teams, people are at the heart of everything Sue does.