When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us DREAMS.
Another challenge from the Daily Prompt.
At almost half a century beyond that 10 y.o. landmark, I still dont really know what I want to be when I grow up.
Apart from the usual youthful dreams of stardom, fame and riches, I always wanted to be different. I was fixated on what I didnt want to be. This is normal enough for a kid growing up in the suburbs of what seemed like a small and remote city. I didnt want the kind of life, rewarding as it could have been, that was offered by that time or place.
I wasnt different at all. Apart from being left handed (a story in itself) I am completely normal. Even the inability to properly grow up is common to my generation. My recent illness,and life in general, have helped me grow up a lot in the past few years. Then again, I’ve got a way to go.I still want to be remarkable, extraordinary, compellingly different.
I do know, now, that all of us are extraordinary. There is no ‘same’, everyone, when you get to know them, has a story. No one is really the boring clone I imagined when I was young.
I am beyond my dreams. I’ve seen and done things I could never have imagined when I was a ten year old. I’ve had careers in fields that did not exist at that time. I’ve been places I’d never heard of. I’ve drunk great wines in fabulous restaurants that would have surprised my popstar alter ego. As I’ve said before, my ‘bucket list‘ would be a summary of what’s already in there.
No mature adult would let a teenager, let alone a ten year old, decide for them what their life should be. Yet with our dreams, that’s what we do.
As an Ambitious Drifter it is my duty to tell you this. Follow your dreams by all means, but never close your mind to the unpredictable winds of change. Be willing to follow a track you have yet to imagine.
My photo archive is a record of my dreams,even the ones I didnt have, that came true. It’s also a good place to find dream landscapes, strange structures and visions.