So technically this isn’t a famous quote, but the message applies directly to an experience that I had this past weekend! Sunday afternoon I attended a cocktail party with my aunt (my uncle was traveling out of the country for work) and I figured it could be a great networking opportunity. The party was a celebration for my aunt’s interior decorator that has been in business for the last 25 years. The event was a held at a famous jewelry mogul’s classic car collection, because the woman’s husband is the attorney for this collection. To be honest, my aunt and I had no clue what to expect at this party. I saw the invitation and figured there would be a car or two, but when we walked into the garage there were over three dozen classic cars! I felt as if I had been transported back in time into a few of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies. There were Buick’s, Cadillac’s, Hudson’s, Town & Country’s and even the taxi from the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” My aunt and I walked around the garage, shocked by the sheer number and also the intricate details of each vehicle. One of the cars was even used in all of Bette Davis’ films! Although this was a celebration of the interior decorator’s 25 years of business, no one could stop talking about the amazing cars. This jewelry mogul has hundreds of classic cars that he has found, restored, and added to his ever-growing collection (over 50 are in the US while 100+ are in his collection in Rome!). Walking through his collection it was clear that this is so much more than a hobby. Each car has its own story and is a part of American history. One of his cars, his absolute favorite, is the last known surviving model. These are just a few snapshots of the collection (and my apologies on the photo quality, I didn’t bring my DSLR camera so I relied on my trusty IPhone).
Now, clearly this classic car collection is incredible. However, the point of my post today delves deeper into how this collection came about in the middle of Pennsylvania. The restorer of all of these classic cars was at the cocktail party and was asked to speak to the partygoers about his job. It is an incredible story, how a man who loved restoring classic cars was introduced to this jewelry mogul and became the sole restorer for his massive collection. The restorer regularly travels to Rome and all over the world to check out potential additions. He has interacted with countless celebrities who come out to see this collection and he travels to different classic car shows across the country throughout the year. While asking him questions about his job, one thing he repeated over and over again is that he is very lucky and is incredibly thankful. Every single day he wakes up and does what he loves. Never in a million years would he have guessed that when he first started restoring cars at age 15 he would one day be doing it for a living. His hobby became his career, one that he loves. This made me realize that there are truly no limits to what we can accomplish. Our daydreams could come true one day, or one day we will look back and be surprised at how far we have come and never would have guessed how we would get there. Attending this event and speaking with the restorer reminded me to never give up on my hobbies and dreams. Who knows, maybe this blog could turn into something more than an outlet for my English major tendencies! I hope that you never give up on your daydream, be it restoring cars, blogging, or countless other things…you never know where it could get you!