"I'm the asking-est Pigeon in town." (Mo Willems The Duckling Gets a Cookie)
I used to be a dreamer. All I did was dream and plan. Each little idea, a request not to The Universe or God, but to me, the one who loves lists and thrills and challenges. I wanted to have a way to talk to my dad when I was in high school, so I joined the basketball team. Sure on the first day, Coach Rita said, "Everyone line up for layups." I raised my hand. "What's a layup?" But I made it all the way to varsity (the very worst varsity player, but I loved my team and loved my court chats with my dad even more).
When I decided go to school in Hawaii, I was determined to canoe and surf like in the movies! So when my sister's college held a canoe race, I pretended to go to her school. I won a school T-shirt! Which helped me pretend to go to her school when I signed up for surf class. I was terrible and not sexy at all on that long board, but I did it!
I tackled every dream this way. Imagination, excitement, celebration. Some dreams turned out to be mismatches. Like my idea to be like Georgia O'Keeffe and live in the desert with my canvases and oils and hot artist boyfriend (that I'd acquire in the desert). So I can't stand dry heat. I growl at it. Had to let that one go. Skydiving went the same way. I do not like to fall. Duh. I like almost falling.
When did I stop dreaming? I used to be like the Pigeon in my son's favorite books. I was the asking-est girl in town. Big dreams, little dreams, stupid dangerous ones, silly sweet ones. Somewhere in the midst of survival mode I let go of the one thing that truly allows the soul to survive. Time for me to start asking again.
So here are a few things I've come up with:
Trips with my boys to U.S. National Parks
Walk the Skywalk Glass Bridge at the Grand Canyon.
Snowshoe and/or cross country ski.
"Bestseller" printed on my books.
Write for the rest of my life.
Think Out Loud is an anything you want it to be meme. No rules, just us cool people. Come on, play with us.
Update: I've decided to make this post my dream billboard, so when dreams come to me, I'm adding them here...
S'mores (since I've yet to try them) 7/21/13
Meeting as many of my blogosphere friends as I can! 7/21/13
Moving to a new town 7/21/13
Writer convention (and I just signed up for one) 7/30/13
Indoor Skydiving (there's no jumping out of an airplane) 8/4/13