We haven’t had a “Video of the Week” in quite some time. I got nostalgic this week, and wanted to dig back to the ’80′s; arguably one of the greatest decades for pop music in America and the World. So, how do I just let loose on this Friday and let it all hang out for the end of the week when my blog is solely dedicated to the discussion of leadership and the synergies between military and corporate leadership? Well, that’s what dreams are made of.
I joined the Navy during the Top Gun days. No, not because of the movie; I had bigger influences, and, yes, dreams. The movie, “Top Gun” was all the rage in the mid-80′s, and young men were joining the Navy and Air Force to become jet fighter pilots. You talk about dreams. To become a pilot, let alone a jet fighter pilot of a multi-million dollar piece of government hardware, was a lofty dream. But, with a dream and a plan, many set out to become part of something bigger than themselves. I’m sure most realized that becoming a fighter pilot was not realistic; but, again, they had a dream. For most, many who joined the Navy and Air Force during that time realized their dreams in their own way, and found their ‘wings’ in a variety of career fields in their respective services.
The point? Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. But, we dream all the time, don’t we? We have those images, ideas, emotions and sensations on a lot of things during our day; during our lives. We don’t need someone to define our dreams all the time. We know what we want or desire. We may not always know how to get from here to there, but that’s what dreams are made of.
So, today I thought we would rekindle the Video of the Week feature on this blog with a few ‘dream sequences’ energized by a few familiar military images. Let’s break away for a few moments and dream on this beautiful Friday, and let’s follow our dreams to wherever they take us. Enjoy the sensations and collect your emotions from whatever your dreams are made of. As the Van Halen song, “Dreams,” says: “…we live in a World that must be strong…and in the end, on dreams we will depend…that’s what dreams are made of.”
Ironically, the videos I am presenting today are military-oriented and follow the “dream” theme of this post. We have Van Halen’s ”Dreams” featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ”Runnin’ Down A Dream” featuring the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. So, get motivated and start DREAMING!!! And, remember…It’s not a dream if you CAN DO IT!!! And, as these videos depict, our fighter pilots in the Navy and Air Force can certainly do some amazing things.
(simply curse over the various ads and banners on the video(s) to avoid their distraction)
THE UNITED STATES NAVY BLUE ANGELS
THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS
ORIGINAL VAN HALEN “DREAMS” VIDEO -
Van Halen is copyright Interscope Records, a record label owned by Universal Music Group. Original video footage is copyright of its respective owner(s). Fair Use is implied and this video’s purpose is to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.
Footage usage from Thunderama 2011. The video be found on the USAF Thunderbirds multimedia page at http://www.thunderbirds.airforce.com. I do not own the music. Again, the music and original video footage is copyright of its respective owner(s). Fair Use is implied and this video’s purpose is to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.