Friday, March 6, 2009

The Funny Thing About Dreams

The funny thing about dreams are...sometimes they come true.

Have you ever wanted something so bad that you'd do almost anything to get it?

I remember when I was a little girl I wanted to look like Annette Funicello. I'd seen her in the movie Babes in Toyland, and I thought she was the prettiest girl I'd ever seen. I even prayed one night that when I woke up the next morning that I'd look like her. I sprang from my bed and dashed into the bathroom only to be sadly disappointed.

Well, I think I've grown up a little since then, though my husband and family wonder sometimes. My dreams and ambitions have changed. Shortly after my first child was born, I decided I'd try to write a book. That first try was embarrassing. When I'd finished writing my first book (long hand and on lined paper), I'd ask my sister-in-law to read it. When she gave it back, she muttered something about fixing a few places, but yeah it was good. I could tell by the look on her face that my effort was a failure. She was just too kindhearted to tell me how awful it was.

Still my dream was alive. So I tried again. And again. And again. I have a file folder of rejections that could sprain your arm. Years have gone by and I've learned more about my craft. I even went back to college and earned a BA in English, worked for a publisher for a while, and then decided it was time to seriously try and accomplish this dream of publishing a fictional book.

Finally, I did it. For Christmas of 2008 I was able to hold my book in hands. What a thrill! But the funny thing about dreams...they tend to lead to more dreams. And once a dream has come true, and you find yourself on the otherside of that dream a whole new world opens up that's exciting, scary, and sometimes even hurts. But that's okay. I'll always have my dreams.

I often wonder what would have happened to me if my childish prayer had come true and I'd awakened looking like Annette Funicello. She's an amazing lady, whom I look up to and always will. But I'm awfully glad my dreams and hopes changed and that I made my own path.
What are your dreams? And what are you doing to accomplish them?

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