I’ve been on stage one way or another since fourth grade. That year, the grade school choir had a concert and I was chosen along with three others to be in the Wee Four Quartet. We sang barbershop.
In fifth grade, I was asked to be in the high school musical version of “Bye Bye Birdie” where I played Randolph McAfee. In sixth, seventh and eighth grade, I was a soloist for the school choir. In sixth grade, I started a rock n roll band and that continued through eighth grade.
In high school, I was a featured soloist in the show choir, Music Explosion, which was a sort of “Glee” before there was a “Glee.”
It was also in high school when I sang radio commercials for the boarding school I attended, and cut several demo tapes for a recording company.
That was my dream. I wanted to sing and record and live that life.
However . . .
My parents talked me out of it. They counseled me, guided me, and sort of pushed me into choosing a different path. At various points they told me that I “wouldn’t make it” that I “wouldn’t make a living” and told me that I “had better choose a career that was more solid.”
My parents told me I was Chasing A Dream. A dream that was unattainable.
Did it hurt? You bet! Do I sort of wonder, even now after all these years what could have
been . . . what might have been? Absolutely!
Why do I bring this up now, so many years later?
I believe kids are natural dreamers. Kids dream of being lawyers and doctors and pilots. Kids dream of being firemen and policemen and football players. Kids dream of being veterinarians and teachers and politicians. Kids dream of being singers and dancers and artists.
I think that as adults, we owe it to kids to guide and shape their imaginations. I think that as adults, we need to not only provide nourishment to their bodies and minds, but also provide nourishment to their heart sand souls.
I think that as adults, we need to provide a balance between a child’s dream and the reality they face. That’s a delicate balance because while we want children to face reality, we cannot . . . we must not . . . crush their dream.
Truly, I believe the world needs more dreamers. More dreamers, not less.
There is a satisfaction in the pursuit of a dream . . . in Chasing The Dream.
Aren’t we happier doing what we love? Aren’t we a little happier pursuing that which speaks to our heart, our soul? Don’t we owe it to our kids to help them find their way, their path, and their reality without imposing our boundaries . . . our restrictions . . . on them? Shouldn’t we help our children Chase The Dream instead of discouraging them?
Sooner or later, hopefully later, our children will understand the world and the limits of what they can do, what they can’t do, on their own. And I believe that on their own is the best way to learn about Chasing The Dream . . . Their Dream. On their own. In their own time. We need to allow that to happen. We must allow that to happen. We simply must. Something to think about . . .
Live Your Life, and Make A Difference!