In search of me – Day 11

by Carolyn on July 23, 2009

childhood dreams

childhood dreams

What were your dreams as a child?


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1 Tammy July 23, 2009 at 9:25 am

I really wanted to be a vet. I desperately loved animals. I even volunteered at a clinic. But I soon found out that, it was not to be. My eyes swelled shut due to allergies so one dream lost at an early age but I moved on. It is good for a laugh now at least.


2 Carolyn July 23, 2009 at 8:20 pm

I can’t believe I’m going to actually tell the truth here. Deep breath…..okay. Here goes:

I used to dream about being an entertainer. A singer or an instrumentalist. It would switch back and forth. I would lay in my bed, well after I was supposed to be sleeping and slip some headphones on. I’d throw a tape into my walkman (wow, I’m really aging myself here!) and listen to my favorite music, pretending that I was the lead singer or guitarist or whatever. I would actually see myself up on the stage. And I would have the most interesting dance/gymnastic moves, inciting a near riot amongst my crowd! Oh yeah. I wanted to be a rock star. That was my childhood dream.

I’ve actually never told anybody that before. I was way too embarrassed and thought anyone I confided in would only find it to be excruciatingly silly. I was always pegged as the ‘smart’ one. Not the ‘artistic’ one. Certainly not the ‘rocker’ type. And so my little fantasy stayed exactly that.

But being a huge Randy Pausch fan, I have come to believe that recognizing and achieving (if possible) your childhood dreams on some level is important. Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going to drop everything to try and become a rock star. You won’t find me pulling up to your house in an old police cruiser with a megaphone on top telling you ‘I’m gettin’ the band back together’. :) (bonus points if you get the reference)

But I think I will take up an instrument. I’ve wanted to learn the violin for a few years now. And who knows? With a decade of hard work and practice, I may be able to try out for my community symphony. Maybe I’d even be able to join and realize in some part this childhood dream of mine.


3 Urchin July 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Then, and now, I want/ed to be an actress or anything to do with the theatre. To be able to wake up every morning and play a great game of ‘pretend’, to be showered with applause and that instant gratification of knowing that I did something to make someone happy. To pull them out of their reality for a while and place them in one of MY creating (with great scripting, set design, and ensemble casting of course.)

I can’t shake the want, I’ve tried. Desperately, because I’m painfully aware that I’m not what people look for when they’re casting something. Not unless it’s community theatre, which is fine, but I’d love to reach a broader range of people.

Carolyn- Two years ago, on a random whim I bought a violin. It’s blue. I have no idea how to play, though when I manage to get it out of storage, if it’s still any good after a year and plus some hopefully I’ll learn to play too. Then, when I become an official Canuck (with Aero (the chocolate, not the mint) and Crunchie, and Tim’s… mmm Tim’s…) we can play together! Or I can just mail it to you if I decide that I can’t do it and am giving up. ;)


4 Frank July 24, 2009 at 3:35 am

First of all, when you show up in the police cruiser, you’d better be on a mission from God, and you’d better bring me four whole fried chickens. And a Coke.

The first dream I had as a child was to be an astronaut. That’s the one I spoke out loud. I even remember being in a competition for the affections of a young golden-haired girl on my block with another child, Johnny Hough, and she chose him over me because he wanted to be a baseball player and I wanted to be an astronaut and… I swear this is a direct quote… “at least he’ll be home.”

But the one I didn’t talk about, the one that really filled my head with pure delight… I wanted to be in the movies. And not just any movies. I wanted to be in musicals.

Heh. Guess what I’m doing now?


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