When do we reach the point that we begin to believe we should just stop dreaming? At what age do we believe we are obligated to stop chasing our dreams?
I’m not sure what the magic number is. But I know that I had reached a point some time ago that left me ashamed to talk about a dream that I had. I hid the information for quite some time; nearly ten years, in fact. When we ended up in Fort Dodge, circumstances presented themselves that allowed me to talk about my dream without admitting it was a dream. After discussing what I calmly referred to as “an idea” or “something I was inspired to consider” things started happening. Before I fully grasped what was happening, the wheels were in motion to make my “idea” a reality.
When I got the email that stated my dream was official I was excited. I opened the email and clicked on the attachment. Reading through quite a bit of legal jargon, I got teary-eyed. With those tears came the admittance to myself and to my hubby that this wasn’t just an idea. It was dream; a long-standing one at that. This dream has been with me through more than a decade of my life and living in three different states! I don’t why it didn’t start happening until now. The sane side of my brains says that I’m a little old to be chasing dreams.
But I’m going to keep chasing! Stage Door Productions has been bouncing around in my heart and head for more than ten years. That dream has become an incorporated, non-profit entity in the state of Iowa and we are working our way through the process of becoming a non-profit organization in the eyes of the IRS. Our first production is being planned for early 2014. I have amazing friends – and fellow theater lovers – who have come alongside to share the adventure as board members, supporters, etc. It’s one thing to have people encourage you to chase your dreams; it’s quite a different thing to have people join you on the journey!
I have felt overwhelmed, terrified, thrilled, freaked out, ecstatic, nervous, panicked, ambitious, driven, numb and a thousand other things. Yes, I’m in my mid-forties and some might think it’s insane for a woman my age to start a new adventure like this. Then call me crazy! I have no idea what this will all look like in the end but I’m going to enjoy the ride!