In one of the side cupboards of everyone’s mind there is a loose idea about “Livin’ the dream.” It is even a sarcastic reply to the question in passing: “How you doing?”….”Oh, livin’ the dream.” But what if you were to put aside the snark and examine what the dream would look like?
Life can sweep you up and keep you moving in a direction that seems arbitrary. The dream changes to fit the scenario. But there can come a point when you and the dream stand eye to eye. This is where I find myself, facing and embracing the dream.
There is a small town in Arizona called Apache Junction. Like ya do, I have researched this spot and determined this is where I want to be. I have friends there. I have family there. So, what do I want to do when I get there? What I have always done, teach.
I’ve done it in classrooms, I’ve done it in seminars, webinars, boardrooms. I have done it in a coat, I have done it with a goat…(intentional Seuss reference.)
What do I want to teach? Technology, music, auto mechanics, philosophy… Yea, I know…I have to pick one. But maybe not. Maybe the dream is bigger than that. Maybe I can ignore convention by reinvention, it is my dream after all.
I have been lucky in the directions life has charted. I have been an actor, a teacher, an opera singer, an auto mechanic and computer geek. I have traveled the dusty caverns of world religion and philosophy. I’ve waited tables, worked on assembly lines and washed dishes. All leading to a small town that promises glorious sunsets.
Now I am working on the “How” and I have a plan. I am knocking on doors until one opens.