Remember when you were in second grade and your teacher would ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and without hesitation a wide range of answers would be blurted out ranging from actors, to doctors, lawyers, the President, or maybe even an astronaut. As children we all really believed that the sky was the limit. We would answer this question without even thinking. Our imaginations were wild and limitless, and so were our dreams. But, as we got older reality started to sink in, and our dreams started to die. As you got older, the question started to arise more and more. Many factors began to play a part in how you answered the question. Maybe you knew what your answer was but you said something else in fear of being ridiculed, or maybe you convinced yourself that what you wanted to do wasn’t logical because there was not any money in it. What happened to the endless amounts of imagination and goals you had when you were ten years old? What happened to make you decide that your dreams were not enough?
Growing up I always wanted to be an actor. As I got older, teachers would give me statistics of the possibility of that even happening. I have even had high school counselors convince me to do something “safer”. Growing up I (along with many others like me) was encourage to lead a basic life and have basic goals and have a basic job. And I fell for what they were saying and lowered my expectations for my life. I let people convince me that being an actor would consist of many years of depression and being poor. I was even told a number of times that it may not even happen for me. So like anybody else, I got scared and decided to pick something safe and do that instead. Like being a teacher. I came here to Illinois State University with that goal in mind, but by the twist of fate I ended up changing my major to theatre and I am now starting to follow the dream that I have had ever since I was a little boy. Never before in life do I feel like I belong right where I am, doing what I love.
I dare you to find something that you are passionate about and go after it, head first. No matter the circumstances, no matter the odds, just go for it. In my second grade class there was a boy who said he wanted to be one of Alvin and The Chipmunks and if that did not work out, an astronaut. I wonder where he is now and if he is following that dream.