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2014 Blog Project: Week 9

March 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 9: Dreams

We all have dreams. I'm not talking about the strange stories that our minds write while we're asleep, I'm talking about the dreams we spend our lives chasing.

When we're little, the dreams are usually pretty simple and frequently career or hobby related:

- I want to be a firefighter/ballerina/cowboy/veterinarian/astronaut/teacher/police officer!

As we get older, our dreams start to become more specific. We dream of getting into a particular college, of finding the "perfect" significant other, of driving a certain favorite car or being the CEO of your own company. Dreams become more fluid and change more easily.

When I was little, I wanted to be an astro-physicist. Yes, you read that right. For my second grade career day I dressed up in a little child's dress suit and went to school as an astro-physicist.  By age 5 I knew all the planets in order and how many moons they each had (back in the day when Pluto was still included in the party), and had a subscription to Astronomy magazine by 3rd grade. Now sitting here with a college degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design while I work on my career as a photographer, you can see some changes have happened over the years.

While there are the kids who want to be ballerina's or astronauts or teachers, and actually grow up the become them -- there are frequently kids like me, who dream big, and discover they have many more interests and start to tap into their natural talents. I in no way "gave up" my dream, my dreams simply changed.  Our dreams shape who we become. They define our past, and give us something to push for in the future.

My dreams may have shifted from wanting to discover a new planet to wanting to be a highly respected and sought after photographer -- but on clear crisp nights you'll still find me staring up at the stars or reading articles about recent space discoveries.

So this week's picture is of a little ballerina, who one day wants to both be a veterinarian and a ballet instructor.  Even if someday down the road she becomes neither, I hope she happily owns several pets and dances her heart out, even if it's only in her living room.


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