The year was 1986. I LOVED military jets. I loved flying. I owned a wall full of posters of jets. I had books dedicated to them. Every time we went to the public library, I checked out books about F-14s, F-16s, the SR-71 Blackbird and more. That same year “Top Gun” came out. I dreamt about becoming a naval or air force aviator. Then the song of songs was released….with the end all be all video on MTV. “Dreams” by Van Halen. It featured the Blue Angels. I can’t tell you how many times I watched that video. How many times I set my Ensoniq keyboard to the closest sound I could find and play that song. I set my VCR to record it one day and watched it over….and over….and over. You see I was dreaming. That dream actually last until my senior year when I felt God calling me in a different direction.
Fast forward to present day. I have a new dream. I think about it a lot. I know my brother does too. One day we would both love to open up a killer vintage store and do this full time. Right now it’s our “hobby/2nd job”. It takes up many hours of our week. Many mornings, weeknights, and weekends are spent buying, selling, photographing, packing, shipping, and researching. Lots of research. There is sooooo much to learn. We are learning every day. Matter of fact, Jacob and I both took a big leap this week. We are both going back to school (sort of). We have both enrolled in AIA (Asheford Institute of Antiques) classes. This will allow us to become certified antique appraisers. Insurance companies, banks, businesses, and home owners use these appraisal services every day. It will be a busy year over the next year, but at the end of it all, we should both be closer to our dream. We will both have a lot more knowledge about all aspects of antiques. Not only will we be able to appraise, but we will also be able to spot some undervalued items when we are buying that we might not have otherwise known about. All of this will help us in obtaining the dream.
So where does that leave us. To be honest, I’m not sure. I love the dream I have. I also love working towards that dream every day. The pursuit of this dream is actually a lot of fun. Maybe it’s in God’s plans for that dream to become reality and maybe it’s not. And as the Van Halen song goes…..”that’s what dreams are made of”.