Finding Another Way To Live The Dream

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be one of two things. An astronaut or a competitive figure skater. In the end it didn’t come down to a choice of love or money. My problems with math sidelined the first and, as for the second, let’s just say my center of gravity stopped cooperating somewhere around the age of thirteen. While I shelved those dreams in favor of something more realistic (if you can call being a writer realistic), I still have a fond place in my heart for those two things.

I used to think that if I couldn’t be an astronaut or a skater that there was no other way to enjoy or participate in the those things. To my mind, it was an all or nothing endeavor. And this w


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4 Responses to Finding Another Way To Live The Dream

  1. This is such a great article. We can live our dreams vicariously through others if we can teach or coach, etc.

    I am grateful for the people who coached me through my childhood, and have greatly enjoyed coaching kids in basketball. I was not a great basketball player, but to coach you need to understand the game and how to teach it. You don’t have to have been a great player.

  2. ceejay74 says:

    I love this. It’s hard to balance dreams with practicality for me. This is a great way to look at living *part* of your dream, rather than being all-or-nothing.

    BTW, I was reading this article today and thought the Jennifer Derrick might be you! But she just got married and probably changed her name at that time, so I guess not.

  3. Jennifer Derrick says:

    Holy cow! Not. Me. All I’m gonna say about that article is ewwwww.

  4. Gail says:

    Since severe RA has battered my body and I can’t do all that I would like, like spending hours in my sewing room, I too have found a way to live the sewing life vicariously. We sell sewing patterns on line, have a sewing blog and FB page, I participate on sewing digest, etc. It keeps me in the loop and in touch with other sewers.

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