As children some people are told that they can do anything, but not me. At an early age my mother let me know that there is always someone out there who is smarter, more driven, or more talented than you are. She didn’t do this to discourage me, but she wanted me to
understand that life is not a fairy tale.
As a mother she wanted me to understand that even though you work towards a goal and wish for it to come true, that sometimes it won’t. However, this didn’t stop me from dreaming. I was and will always be the kind of person that sees the possibilities in life and is willing to take risks for the things that I believe in.
I was never the kind of child that had one answer for the infamous “what do you want to be when you grow up?” From week to week, my answer would change. I dreamt of being an actress, archeologist, musician, clothing designer, and most notably a dancer.
I have always loved dance. I can remember telling my mom that I wanted to enroll in the Arts high school in our city and prepare to be a ballerina. When I told her this she patiently explained to me that I could not leave my high school to be a dancer because I didn’t have the talent.
I’ve always been a good dancer, but never a great one. I was always one of the favorites, but never the favorite. I was flexible but not extremely flexible, I was in shape but I didn’t have the body of a ballerina. I just didn’t fit the mold, and that wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
Knowing that I would never grace the Paris stage as a prima ballerina made me sad, but it didn’t make me stop dancing. Even if I couldn’t do it for a living I loved it too much to quit.
Dreams can be a source of inspiration and motivation. Even when they don’t come true, dreaming allows us to imagine all of the amazing things that we can try to accomplish in our lives.
As a dreamer this perspective comes naturally to me, but some people don’t see the worth in having dreams.
Many of the things that I have accomplished in my life so far can be attributed to the fact that I had a dream and followed it through until it was a reality. Even when my dreams haven’t come true, I have had so much fun along the way.
I never became a famous dancer, but dance is still such a big part of my life because I do it for myself. I dance because I love it and because I can’t imagine never expressing myself through movement again.
Keep your dreams with you. Don’t ever let them go. Allow your dreams to inspire you to do things you never thought were possible?
What was your childhood dream?