11 March 2012

Disney ruined my dream life

I am sorry to say, but I have given up on some of the dreams that I had as a younger person.  

I know that some would say that I am still young and that there is still time, but is there?  Is it still possible to do all the things I wanted to do in the way that I wanted to do them?  Is there still a chance for me to leave some sort of legacy on the world?

I know that there have been many young adults who have come to me after their high school times to tell me that I had an influence on them while they were in my classes.  That is great, it makes me feel wonderful.  

But I wanted to be more than just a teacher.  I want to be more than just a coach, too.

These things are just small parts of all that I wanted to do in my life.  

I don't even want to put all of my past goals/desires into words because it is really quite disappointing that I have not completed most of them.  I know, though, that some of their lack of completion is all on me.

I sometimes get in my own way and that is a huge detriment to my progress.

And that is why I am working to change my mindset this year.  

Maybe there is still some hope for some of my dreams to come true.  I blame Disney and that damn "the dreams that you wish will come true" BS for my high hopes.  I guess they made me believe that I didn't need to put in work to make them happen.  Some great man would come a long and everything I ever wanted would come true. 


Unfortunately, I am independent-minded and just dreaming doesn't work.  At all.

Topic for today's Stream of Consciousness Sunday prompt:  Have you reached the prime of your life? What do you want to be your legacy?

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  1. Sure, dreams are not enough. You need concrete goals and physical actions, too. If I never sat down to type, I would hardly be considered a writer. Dreams are, however, still a critical part of the process. All human beings - but especially those whose jobs depend on creativity - need time to just stare off into space and imagine "what if." It's where fresh ideas come from.

    1. Totally agree that dreams are not enough!! I think that sometimes I get caught up in the dreamy, what if phase and don't know how to/forget to/neglect to do what needs to be done in real life to make the dreams more likely to occur in real life.

    2. Just like Harry Potter sitting in front of the Mirror of Erised. Remember what Dumbledore says: "It doesn't do to dwell on dreams." Except in short bursts.

    3. Awesome quote! I haven't seen any of the Potter films. Perhaps that quote is reason enough to start watching. Thanks for coming back!

  2. I know what you mean, as far as the Disney bit and getting all sorts of high-hopes. It's interesting how they've twisted the original fairytales into what they are now. I'm still not entirely sure how to feel about that, because are we just trying to be entertained? Yeah, I guess I want a happily-ever-after ending. But is it because I've been socialized to want that kind of story over the years, due in part again to Disney?

    Blah, blah. I could go on and on, but in essence I wanted to say that you sound like you're going about it the right way. Being independent is good, and it seems like you're thinking through things, trying to put some action behind your dreaming...

    1. In the sociology class I taught last term, I showed the kids several videos that show just how much Disney (subliminally?) socializes girls and boys. Really interesting. Perhaps, they really have impacted people in our age bracket more than we think.

  3. I'll tell you this... dreams can change. When I was younger, I desperately wanted to be an actress and felt like I never really gave it a shot. But now that I'm older, I'm glad I don't have that life although I still like to be on stage. My stage is just defined differently now.

    1. Now that you say it, I also wanted to get into acting. Perhaps my teaching is a way I am still on "stage" each day.


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