When I was a little girl all I wanted to do was sing. That was it. No back up plan. No need for one. I was never going to get married. I had no intention of ever having children. I was going to live my life to the fullest with no worries and no others to be responsible for. I was young and I had a dream.
For several years following high school I lived that dream, saw this country and visited another doing what I loved to do. Singing. Living my life the way I wanted to live it. Those were great years and if I have any regrets, it would only be one. My regret is that I didn’t push myself harder, didn’t make myself try to get to that next level.
I recently went to Nashville, TN for a work related function and I fell in love with that small city and all the people in it. Musician after musician after musician, pursuing their dream and doing what they love, anyway that they can. I met a couple of musicians who sang and played in a number of different bands from nine in the morning until closing time, moving from one establishment to the next. I envied them a little. I can be honest about that. Some have made it big while others are still trying. They are pushing themselves to get to that next level.
Well, as most of you know, I did get married and I did have children and I wouldn’t change that for anything. They are amazing! They have made me see life in a new way. I don’t take many things for granted anymore. Life is too short. We need to make the most of all our days and share it with people that we love and doing things we love to do.
Now as an adult, I have a new dream. Well, a couple of them. I want my husband to be happy and successful and I want my children to grow up and be good people loving life. My other dream…writing.
Writing has changed my life. It has made me more confident, more diligent and well rounded. I have met some amazing people in the writing world, on-line and off, and I cherish them all. It has given me moments of frustration and moments of elation. I relish it all. I love what I’m learning and I love the escape. I love the connection it has given me with my siblings. I love that we are on this journey together even though we’re all at different mile markers of the path. This dream I will pursue to the fullest. I want to be at that next level and will do all in my power to get there. I recently told someone that I am trying to be a writer. This is not true. I am a writer and I will succeed. Dreams don’t always have to be just out of our reach, something we grasp for but never quite connect. Dreams can turn into reality, if we give it everything we got, if we don’t give up and sometimes a little luck can’t hurt either.
What was your dream as a child? What is it now? Same or different? Will you succeed? Please share.
SIS Barb writing as Elle J Rossi