It’s the last Dashboard article of 2020! You know it’s been a challenging year for lots of us. Some people have prevailed while others have lost greatly. Most recently I put out a video on our Facebook page. It was Thanksgiving morning in fact. I just want to echo in this address what I put out there in social media that holiday morning… Yeah, 2020 has been a turbulent year, but I’m still thankful for all the blessings I have. We are fortunate to have the liberty to fuss over of all things in this country a historic road. Others in the world have so much less. We still live in the land of opportunity and liberty. I love where I live and I have loved the days gone by that I’ve been able to experience. If you missed the brief broadcast, you should go check it out on our website or the official. Missouri Route 66 Association Facebook page. I invited viewers to comment on what they are thankful for and there were plenty of comments. Leave your comment with us. I would love to hear from you.
In related discussions, I just finished a conversation tonight before writing this with an old business acquaintance. I confessed that I feel so fortunate to have grown up experiencing the tale end of the glory days. I got to hop up and cruise cool old cars, meet new friends the old-fashioned way (you know - actually striking up a conversation in person), and got away with raising quite a bit of mischief. My life growing up was probably a lot like the lives of my elder brethren; a scene right out of Leave it to Beaver, American Graffiti, Dazed and Confused, or even The Breakfast Club. The process of coming of age for me offered up so many experiences while still being young enough to experience our society transitioning to more a technological focused era where anything in the world is just a swipe away; right in the palm of your hands. I long for the old days. I’m convinced that longing drives me to be the man I am today.
Youth today are being stripped away of the privilege and hardship. The glory days are what we think of during our formative years; the events in our lives that made us who we are. That path today is narrowing. The world is a smaller place and it seems like everyone is being corralled and controlled by an overbearing society or helicopter parents. Today’s youth has a totally different method of growing up. I feel so lucky to grow up when I did… Maybe you can identify with me?
I just want to reiterate that we really got to live through something special. It was innocent, mysterious, and spontaneous. The world was a big intimidating place for most of us. I’m happy to have experienced everything that happened to me growing up. I think it has helped me personally get through some of the tumultuous times we have faced recently. I have a well-balanced disposition despite the growing chaos. I lend that all to my upbringing.
At any rate my only suggestion to my friends out there reading this is the following: Don’t let anyone steal your sunshine. Be who you want to be and do what fulfills your soul. Pay less attention to what others want you to do and more attention to what you’re called to do. Only you know your true convictions and talents. Listen to them and act accordingly… You know, Go Your Own Way!
It’s by this motto I lead my life, my family, my business, and this association. We have plenty planned for 2021. So much of our road needs our help so that we can ensure future generations can witness the history of our country. We’ve got neon signs to fix, bridges to save, businesses to uplift, and a whole world of travelers to captivate. We accomplished plenty in 2020 and with your help I plan on us getting even more done in 2021.
Please be sure to check out the new website Mark Norman has created! While you’re there take the opportunity to sign up for the great new Vanity License Plate, we are creating for Missouri residents. You can read more about it later in this edition of the magazine. Look over our gallery of images on the website and sign up for an upcoming event this year!
To end this passage, I hope all your Holiday season events were memorable and enriched with many great memories of family and friends. No matter your ethnic or cultural background it seems like the holiday season is a calling for togetherness. Life is about making memories. Our time here is finite. In the end all we’ll have is the memories we’ve managed to make along the way. I hope we can make some good memories together. I look forward to seeing you all this spring at our first general meeting.