Fulfilling Childhood Dreams
After listening to Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture audiobook, I started thinking about my own childhood dreams and whether I’d achieved them. Most, I have, but of course, I’m not stopping there. I added to the Dream List throughout my teen years and throughout my adult life, so I have no plans of quitting now.
But, just for grins, I looked back over a few of the important ones in my childhood, especially the ones that I was told were ridiculous or out of reach.
I wanted to be good with a sword.
I not only loved sword and sorcery movies as a kid but couldn’t get enough of medieval history. I remember hiding in my room with the encyclopedia, devouring pictures of Joan of Arc and stories of her sword from the angels (which I later wrote a mass-market novel about). As a mom to two elementary school girls, I took up fencing and found–no surprise–that I loved it. For about five years, I competed in local tournaments (because of work and the girls’ care, traveling to tournaments was out of the question then) and played Xena in different stage-fencing events for charity. Probably the most memorable events were the bouts where swords actually got broken or the time Pirate Bob’s ill-aimed sword got too near my Pirate Queen face and went through my large hoop earring. It’s probably a good thing my knee took me out of fencing before it took me out.
I wanted to be a Druid, wear long black capes, and “do” magick.
Ever since I read The Faraway Lurs, I wanted to be a Druid, though–technically–not a Druid sacrifice. Something about that book resonated with me. I didn’t become a Druid–I studied Wicca instead, and became a black-cape-wearing High Priestess who honors the Elements and does magick regularly. I take meditative journeys and have lots of friends who are (officially) Druids, not to mention all the , Wiccans, witches, pagans, heathens, and people who refuse to give their spiritual path a name.
I wanted to have super powers.
I grew up watching Lynda Carter playing Wonder Woman. In fact, I have large pewter cuffs I often wear now and joke about how they’re great for bouncing bullets. I never realized I had “super powers” already until my daughters mentioned how …
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