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Dreams, Like Wine, Need Time To Age

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Vicar

Vicar (Photo credit: Nick Kidd) A Man Who Isn’t Afraid to Dream!!!

So, I was strolling through the internet this evening, really rather bored, but trying to keep my hyper-vigilant brain from worrying to death over the fact that my husband has been on his motorcycle for 5 hours on a trip, and hasn’t called me even once to let me know he’s alive, and I came across this little nugget of delight:

Vicar Quits To Become Elvis Presley Impersonator

And it got me thinking about dreams. I may be mistaken, but I think it is safe to say that everyone in the world has had at least one dream while growing up. Of course, depending on where you come from, the dreams would vary drastically. I imagine if you are starving in a hut in a third world country, getting enough food to live to puberty would be a common dream. However, in America, the dreams are probably a little bigger and less life-sustaining. For me, when I was little, I dreamed of being an architect. My favorite uncle,  The Master Debater and All Around Most Awesome Uncle Ever, my Uncle John, gave me some of the tools an architect would use, and I spent endless hours designing fantastic mansions. Then, after a relatively small amount of time, I realized that I just kept designing the same mansion over and over again, and the luster wore off the dream. Well, that and the amount of math involved…So, I moved on to other dreams (tap dancer, stand-up comedian, Comparative Religion Professor), but the only other one that ever stuck was to be a writer.

In my family, there are several excellent, published writers, and even more just as excellent, unpublished writers. What is really cool about this dream, though, is that we all write different genres, and none of us write with the same kind of “voice”. For instance, my brother writes about his church ministry and how he and some other financially strapped guys were able to build a church from scratch. Yes, he and I have the same sense of humor, but our interests couldn’t be further apart and our approaches to life are spectacularly different. My mother wrote many, many romance novels. They are actually really clever, well written, and juicy… but have you ever read a graphic love scene written by your mom? :(   I can barely read a romance novel, much less one written by my mom, and to write one…I am not that gifted. Romantic I am not! I have an  aunt who writes young adult books, including some kind of strange book that lets you make decisions throughout the whole thing, which then changes the ending. Witty and interesting, but beyond my abilities…..And another aunt that wrote science fiction back in the 60’s and 70’s. I was told that one of her books was made into a story for some drama series back then, but I’ve forgotten all the details. Strange that our interests never once seemed to cross over with the number of writers in this family, but so far, that is the way it has all turned out.

I blew off my dream to write most of my adult life. I’d written a couple of fiction books as a teenager, but I cringe to even speak of them. They were horrible. I just figured that my writing career would go the way of my architect career…no where. I just didn’t have the imagination one would need to create a believable story.

So, I lived my life, married, had a family (not in that order), and worked my little accounting jobs and all but forgot my childhood dream.

Then, I set up my blog, and I started writing about stuff I was interested in, or things I felt I wanted to share about myself, and boom! The dream came back to life like Snow White being kissed by Prince Charming! And you know what? It occurs to me that I am now in a better position to be a writer because I’ve lived a whole life. I’ve endured this circus show called life, and now I actually have something to say. I have something I can write about from the heart, and with real honesty and conviction. The dying embers of the flame of hope have been fanned into a roaring bonfire, and for the first time since I was a little girl, I have a real dream to work towards!

And vicars who quit their jobs to become Elvis Presley impersonators serve as a MASSIVE inspiration to me…Thank you, Vicar! You are my hero.

You are the wind beneath my wings… :)

I just think we never get too old to dream, and we should go for it!!! What is your dream??

– Bird

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15 thoughts on “Dreams, Like Wine, Need Time To Age

  1. Bird …that was so inspirational …and you know , I’ve read your stuff and you have nothing to prove ….your are an awesome writer, your dream is now , Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us , as you are a very courageous person !!!

    • What a sweet compliment, Tim! Thank you so much!! It is a particularly wonderful compliment coming from an awesome writer as yourself!!

  2. Bird, that’s awesome!! And Tim’s right…you’re a terrific writer. As for my dream, I’ve had several through the years myself…wanted to be a nun after I saw TheTrouble With Angels with Hayley Mills. HA! That would’ve never worked out too well, I don’t think. LOL Wanted to be a concert pianist at one time…might could’ve done it, if I wasn’t such a head in the clouds, looking for someone to sweep me off my feet kind of girl. I did many interesting things through the years though, and really have no reason to complain. As for what I’d like now…I’m with you! I love this blog. I just talk things out…but what an awesome thing it would be to get paid for writing…something I enjoy so much. (By the way…I’m with you on the Mom writing romance novels thing, though it is cool. LOL…I would’ve never survived that I think.) ;)

  3. Oh Bird… what can i say – I started reading this and though – who is this writing this, I must look and follow… doh – then I realised it was you, and I am following you :D
    You are an amazing writer :) I love your style.

    As a child my dream was to either be a petrol pump attendant or make roads (I loved the smell of petrol and tarmac!!).
    My underlying constant dream has always been to write – I’ve tried it on and off over my lifetime but to no avail. I just needed to wait for blogging to be invented :)

    I guess my dream now… to have the luxury of not needing to work so that I could spend most of my time reading and writing.

    Thanks for the heads up on the graphic novel Mum thing…. note to self – write under a pen name so the kids don’t know!!!!

    • What a wonderful compliment, Worldly Winds!! Thank you so much!!

      Petrol pump attendant — That is absolutely awesome!! I didn’t even know blogging existed until the beginning of this year…I don’t keep up technologically very well!

      My goal is to make money writing, too. The money part would make Chef happy and the writing part is just something I like to do.

      Sex scenes written by your mom who never discusses such things was scarring, to say the least!! Pen Names exist for a reason!!

  4. Bird, you said you would like to finish your own book. Here’s a suggestion. Have you heard of NaNoWriMo (NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth)? It’s an online writing challenge you take yourself, and it is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. There’s a whole (very cool) website set up for it, and you “win” if you write 50,000 (or more) words. The idea is to write quantity so you end up with a first draft which you could then edit toward publication if you like. I’ve completed NaNo twice. Therefore I have two first drafts. One is almost completely edited, the other is not. Last year I stopped after 27,000-some words as the story I was writing turned into one I’d already written! Anyhow, it’s lots of fun, and the OLL (Office of Letters and Light) gives you lots of rah-rah support throughout the month. There are forums for every possible thing, and local people sign in whom you could meet up with. Just a suggestion. I’d say definitely to look it up.

    As for my dreams: Concert pianist was in there right around the time of college, but I didn’t want to live that particular kind of life. Like others, writing has been a dream. I’ve had 15 poems published in various poetry magazines, and I’ve published a book of poetry. But I love writing so much that I like to continue on, holding out more and more goals for myself. My next project is going to be doing a book of some of my father’s poems along with some of mine. I think I’ll call it “Word Weavers: Poetry of a Daughter and Her Father.” Before he died, my father asked me to do what I could to publish more of his poetry. He was a prolific and published poet, and “Word Weavers” would be an answer to that request.

    I love your writing!

    • Thank you for that suggestion, Maggie! I will definitely check it out. I tend to work better when I have a specific goal in mind, so that actually sounds like something that would help me. I imagine most of the people interested in writing blogs are people that wanted to be writers. I wish I had learned how to play the piano. …I played the trumpet in high school, but I’ve never been musically gifted at all. Chef has a beautiful singing voice, and he used to win karaoke contests all the time.. Plus, he took piano lessons when he was little, so he can find his way around a piano….I like your title for you poetry book, and I think that is a wonderful way to honor your father! Good for you!!

  5. That post has brightened up my day. You definitely have a natural talent for writing. It must be in your DNA. :)

    • What a sweet thing to say!! Thank you so much for that!

      I have to thank my family’s genetic gift, that’s for sure. At least I got one…most of the really cool traits simply skipped right over me!!

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