Friday, July 27, 2007
Living the Dream
Sometimes I get reminiscent. I think about the days I was a teenage dreamer, and remember all the things I was going to become. Namely, an actress and singer. Yesterday I had one of those remembering days, and I started thinking about my friend Cassie who shared my dreams. So I typed her name into Google and, lo and behold, there were numerous links to info on her life! She has been in a few big movies (including Princess Diaries 1 & 2!) and currently performs on stage at Knott's Berry Farm. She has a website which explains her life's dream and how she is working to accomplish it.
So that got me thinking. Am I living my life's dream?
The closest I got to being an actress-on-stage after high school was emceeing our church's talent show a couple years running. I'm telling you, I brought down the house! I also pretend to be a princess when playing with my little girls. I love using different voices and accents when I read stories to my children. I enjoy acting goofy in front of people, telling animated stories of my life, and making others laugh.
I am definitely not a professional singer, but MAN do I love to sing! I busted out an amazing parody of "Part of Your World" from Little Mermaid for the whole crowd at Young Women's Camp last week. I love to sing my kids to sleep - I love it even more when they want me to. Our crazy family loves to blast the stereo and sing at the top of our lungs and dance like lunatics. I get to sing at church every Sunday. I love it when someone sitting near me is singing a different part than I, allowing me to enjoy the harmony. I sing in the shower, sing in the car, and burst into random song lyrics whenever someone says something that makes me think of one. It's a little game I play with myself, and it's fun. (Seriously, try it!) I did also have a (very) short-lived career as a karaoke singer back in the day.
Are these still my dreams? Sure! And I think I am living them. Just in a different way than I had originally planned. I have also added some dreams to the mix. Like being a wife and mother. And a gourmet chef. Also a master gardener, photographer, chauffeur, cheerleader (minus the short skirt), writer, storyteller, bargain shopper, hairdresser, seamstress, and psychiatrist, to name a few. In varying degrees, I am living all these dreams.
And, let's be honest...
It doesn't get much better than that.