When I was a very young man, The Mercury and Gemini space programs occupied much of my attention. I would someday go into space, I was told and I believed. It was right there on the Jetsons.
Later in life, I realized I would not achieve my dream.
When I was young, I followed a terrible baseball team -- the Cleveland Indians. But I knew someday, my team would win a World Series; there was so much time. There is significantly less time now and things being what they are in baseball economics, it occurs to me that the Indians will not win a World Series in my lifetime.
Given the choice, I'd gladly have traded a ride in space for an Indians championship. But it is not likely meant to be.
Dreams die hard, and while I still hope one might come true, these days I'm just excited to get a new T-shirt every 12 years or so.