500 Word Short Story
Living the Dream
Scott A. Gese

500 Word Short Story

Greg and Milo were welders at a machine shop. They always had interesting conversations at the lunch table.

One day, they were complaining about their lot in life. They each wanted to do something different.

Milo made a comment that Greg totally disagreed with.

“You know, Greg, we're only here because we create our own reality. We can change it if we want.”

Greg gave Milo a look. “What? I didn't create this reality. I'm not here by choice. I'm here because my dad is a welder and that's what I know. It's where I'm suppose to be. Plus it pays the bills and has a retirement plan.”

“I don't agree,” replied Milo. We make choices all our lives and each choice moves us closer to where we are right now. We're welders because of the choices we've made all our lives. If we start making different choices, we can change our reality to what we really want.”

“And what is it you want?” Asked Greg.

“I want to own a vineyard in the South of France.”

Greg had to laugh. “Ya, right. And I'd like to write the great American novel. Problem is, I'm a welder. I don't know the first thing about writing a book.”

“You have to change your reality,” replied Milo.

“Back to that again, are you. Tell you what, you try to change your reality and I'll watch you grow old as a welder.”

The conversation was dropped.

Greg spent his free time as a couch potato, watching sports programs. Milo continued to work toward making a change in his life.

For the next year Milo used his free time learning to speak French. On weekends he volunteered at a local winery. He learned about growing grapes and the wine making process. He learned about viticulture and socialized online with French vineyard owners.

For his yearly vacation he flew to France for a first hand look at the business. He personally met with several of the vineyard owners he socialized with online.

Periodically, Greg would tease Milo about not having changed his reality yet. Milo didn't say a word, but kept his focus on his soon to be new reality.

Exactly one year and six months later, Milo dropped an airline ticket on the table in front of Greg.

“Going to France again are we?” Chided Greg.

Milo replied, “Oui, mais cette fois pour de bon. That means Yes, but this time for good.

Greg was surprised. “You know how to speak French?”

“For the past eighteen months I've spent my free time learning all I could about the wine industry and how to speak French. What have you been doing to learn how to write your great American novel?”

Greg admitted he had done nothing. “You're really doing it. You're changing your reality.”

“I told you it was possible. I leave tomorrow.”

That night, Greg started his own research on how to write a novel.

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