“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined…”

I am still living in the dark of my house, all windows and doors closed. The AC is blasting, and I am thankful for it. The day looks lovely outside the window with a light blue sky, plenty of sun and a breeze sometimes morphing into a wind strong enough to blow the large boughs of the tallest pine trees, but it is still a humid day with thick, stifling air.

When I was a little kid, I had all sorts of hopes and dreams. For a while, I imagined myself a princess living in a palace with turrets and secret passageways. I’d travel the countryside in a carriage drawn by magnificent horses. In my mind’s eye, I always looked a bit like a dark haired Cinderella. I once thought I had been snatched by Gypsies and my real, very rich parents were searching and searching for me. They’d drive through town, see me playing, recognize me immediately, stop the car then run and grab me, crying all the while as they gave me hugs. Though I couldn’t dance and sing like Shirley Temple, I could act. I had a perfect pout and could turn it on and off at will. I could cry real tears when needed. An actress is what I hoped to be. I would be the first female priest, and I used to practice  by serving mass to my little sisters. They ate the communion wafer, a small part of a saltine, and I had them go with God, all in Latin, of course. These were the dreams of a young girl.

When I got older, I dreamed of so many different things. I dreamed of traveling the world, of seeing all those far away places. I dreamed of going to college. No one in my family had ever gone to college. For a while I was a writer, an F. Scott Fitzgerald sort. Later I was Emily Dickinson pouring out my adolescent angst in poetry. I wanted to be a folk singer and play in cellar coffee houses filled with smoke. I wanted the crowd to snap their fingers in appreciation when I was done. These were the dreams of an adolescent trying to find her place in the world.

I went to college. I picked English to study because hiding in the back of my head were Emily and F. Scott. They hadn’t ever left. I chose teaching because I thought it a noble profession. I chose the Peace Corps because it just seemed the right thing to do. When I graduated from college, I left home, went to Africa and took my first steps into adulthood. These were my dreams coming true.

I loved teaching. I had chosen well. I traveled more of the world. Once I stood with a foot in each hemisphere. I watched reindeer at the Arctic Circle. I traveled through the Panama Canal and into the Andes. My dreams had become real, had become memories, but there is so much more ahead of me. I still hope and I still dream.

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7 Comments on ““Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined…””

  1. Bob Says:

    Today we had a reprieve from the scorching heat. The cool front reduced the high temperature to only 98 degrees which is a normal high for this time of the year.

    I always dreamed of flying as a kid. I struggled to achieve that goal while avoiding the draft and working odd jobs and a couple of lucky breaks. However, I enjoyed teaching flying as much as the flying itself. Once I started flying trips I realized how boring flying really becomes except the couple of times it’s scaring the bejesues out of you. It turns out instructing is more challenging because people are always different and interesting.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I saw on the news that the 98˚ had the Rangers dressed in parkas and ski caps and blowing on their hands to get them warm. It was funny!

      It is such a wonderful thing when dreams become reality. Life is always fun.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Another hot day is coming, the morning was almost cool and with some fog but the sunshine was so hot I started dripping of sweat and the fog evaporated fast. Still the humidity is reasonable low so it feels nicer than the previous days.

    I know I anted to become a farmer when I as a kid, I never became one but live next door to one 🙂 Later on I anted to become a vet, that didn’t happen either but I’ve been to the vet so many times that I feel I know the job 🙂 🙂 So close but never really there 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I have turned on my air conditioner, turned it off for a bit then put it right back on. We were 84˚ yesterday which is hot for us. Today is really breezy which may help.

      I am happy with the life choices I have made. Things have been and continue to be good!!

      Have a great day!

      • olof1 Says:

        We reached 95 today, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a higher temperature before in my life! They say it’ll get a bit warmer tomorrow 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        We were 84˚ as a high, but the humidity was and is deadly. Rain may be coming tonight, and we need it badly.

        I have always thought you lived in a cold country!

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        Arizona hit 110 degrees the other day. People were warned to stay inside.

        You are far hotter than I have been. We have only been as high as 85.


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