Life came between the dream and reality and it wasn't until a short while ago, the man had a chance to try to live the dream which fuelled the mind of his youth.
The imagination still runs wild, but the light of the dream is fading fast as reality shows a dream is sometimes best left that way. He found out that good as he was, he fell short of what was needed to fulfil his dreams.
Being a good writer is not enough, you need money and connections to get noticed and living a life hand to mouth has left little to spare for dreams. It may work well in opera, but in life, it lets you down hard.