Isn’t that the dreaded question? When you’re a little kid you can think of all kinds of answers. When you’re a teenager you probably have some answers, but you’re not telling anyone over 22. They just wouldn’t get it. As a twenty something, you try to work out what it is you actually want to do. In your thirties (forties, fifties, etc.), you wonder why you aren’t doing what you always dreamed about.
So what did I want to be when I was a kid? As a really little kid, I wanted to be a ballerina. If you know anything about me now, you know how ridiculous that is. Then I wanted to be a horse trainer. Even as a child I knew that being a rider meant that you spent all of *your* money and time riding, so being a trainer meant that people would pay me to work with horses. Seemed like a good deal.
As a teenager, there was a time where I wanted to work in special effects. I loved Rick Baker and I would fantasize about moving to L.A. and making really gross movies. Thankfully, that didn’t happen since so much of special effects is CGI now. That has it’s place, but as you’ve probably figured out, I like making things by hand.
I might have also wanted to be a writer briefly, I don’t really remember. I recently talked about the different art media I’ve tried. Then after college, I tried to go back to school to get a masters degree in art history to become a museum curator. I even was offered a job at the Smithsonian, but then there was a hiring freeze put in place due to September 11th. Yes, that September 11th. I was directly thwarted by the terrorists in my pursuit of a career. Of course, if that would have gone through, you wouldn’t be reading this blog right now, I most likely wouldn’t be making jewelry, and who knows what my life would be like.
Long story short, I decided not to forget about what it was I really wanted to do with my life. There was a lot of soul-searching and of course I don’t have another job right now to help support my jewelry making (thank my husband for keeping us going!). But I’m pursuing my dreams.
What were/are your dreams? What are you doing to try to bring them to life?