Achieving childhood dreams
We all had many childhood dreams. Some of us wanted to be an Olympic gymnast - guilty as charged- , others a pilot, a singer or even an astronaut.
As a kid my dreams revolved around having a beautiful home with a library like the one in Beauty & the Beast and a tree house where I could sit with my friends. My dreams revolved around having a boyfriend. Not just a random one, the perfect one. Who would love me, tell me I was pretty, who was funny, who brought me chocolates, who liked books, who would build me the mentioned tree house and so on. My dreams revolved around being a better gymnast than my friends and winning medals. A little petty? I guess I was aloud at that age, when everything is only valuable in comparison by others not having it and gloating about it.
I found myself wondering if my childhood dreams were really as small as I remember them now? This blog was inspired by a lecture given by Randy Pausch, American professor of computer science, who talked about realizing his childhood dreams. However, his dreams were much more admirable than mine: Experiencing zero gravity, becoming a Disney imagineer, being an author in the World Book Encyclopedia, playing the National Football League and so on. He had a few silly ones as well like winning stuffed animals and being captain Kirk, but the rest of the list was pretty cool.
So I tried to dig a little deeper.. What did I always knew I wanted as a child and still dream about or have now? The first thing that came to mind was travelling. I always loved the idea of seeing the world. All of it. Every nook and every corner. Something to learn and discover from every culture. That is a dream or feeling that still lives in me all the time. I can gaze for hours at colourful pictures of India, or love getting lost in a strange city. I love the rhythmic sounds of languages I have never heard of and trying to figure out what they are talking about. Travelling as much as I can, that's a real childhood dream for me and one I am trying to achieve as much as I can.
The next one that I did not even have to think about was writing. I have always kept a diary and only last week I found a handful of poems I had written years ago that I can't even remember. I have started writing a book so many times, and have a number of unfinished articles and other scribbles, all kept safely in a box under my bed. A writer? Definitely. I have always dreamed of being a writer.
Now I was stuck. The next thing that comes to mind are my friends. What is life without a good few partners in crime? My girls, I could really not live without them. But are they a childhood dreams? Probably not. Surrounding myself with people I truly love and who truly love me is something I had to learn the value of. Not everyone who wanders into your life is there to stay or to add value to it. Now I try to make sure I spend my time with people who touch my heart, who touch my soul and who take me for who I am. I find myself often overwhelmed by the love I feel for these girls. Maybe I should tell them more. So maybe my childhood dream was finding friends that know my heart and support me no matter what. (Yes, that rimes)
Now I guess my main 'childhood' dream is to not let go of my inner child. To keep connecting to the child that sees the world as one wonderful adventure, that is not always pressed for time, or overwhelmed by responsibilities. Stay connected to the child that believes in magic. That the world is open to share in an adventure with me. That feels people are nice and have good intentions. That thinks eating ice cream is really a daily necessity. That talks without fear or agenda. Why would we let that part of ourselves go?
We all need to honour that inner child, who dreamt impractical dreams for us to pursue in life. Like meeting Harry Potter or being Captain Kirk.