Remember when, as children, we were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For most of us the answer ranged anywhere from being the President of the United States to a Flight Attendant. Perhaps you said you wanted to be a Police Officer, a Fire Fighter, a Teacher, or a Doctor. Most kids answered with something that meant security and/or prestige in their minds.
Did you strive for that dream? Did you become what you dreamed of so long ago? If not, don’t feel alone. After all, not all of us could be the President, right?
So what dream took the place of that childhood ideal? I remember I wanted to be a Stewardess—that’s what they were called “back in my day.” After that I wanted to join the Navy, because I scored very high on the ASVAB test. Neither of those things happened. Instead, I followed the expectations laid out for me by my parents and community. I graduated, got married, and had kids.
Now don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with the path I followed. I have two kids that mean the world to me. I wouldn’t trade them for anything, and would want to hurt anyone who harms them.
For over three decades I did what was expected of me as an adult. The unfortunate side-effect, though, was that I thought my dreams no longer mattered. That my dreams and wishes could never happen because they didn’t line up with being the wife/mother/homemaker that I was.
Chasing a dream is seen as a “young person’s” right, not someone who is on the back side of their 30s, 40s, and older. But guess what? Here’s the thing to remember…
Our dreams do not come with expiration dates!
And we are allowed to change what our dreams and goals are.
Yes, I’m too old to go into the Navy, and I’m too overweight to be a Flight Attendant. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to be put up on a shelf to begin collecting dust. I can still dream…and so can YOU.
Way down deep inside me there was that little child’s wish to write stories. That voice had been quite thoroughly muffled, until a friend helped me discover it. It was time to let that dream see the light of day. Allowing that dream to blossom and grow, has changed my life completely.
Reigniting that long-buried dream has been the best thing I could do for me at this point in my life. I believe this dream wouldn’t have worked for me earlier in life. I needed to live the life I have to gain perspective on the world as a whole. My life to date has been fuel for this dream. And there is no looking back!
How about you? What did you want to be “when you grew up?” How about now; has that dream expanded or changed completely? I encourage you to reach for your own fuel, and feed that dream! Drop a note, if you like, to share your dream. I would love to hear about it.
About the Book:
“Penny’s Story” — Penny was supposed to be dead. At least that is what Claire has believed for ten years. Find out what happens when Claire's sister comes out of the Witness Protection Program. Penny is fighting a losing battle with cancer and needs Claire to raise Sunny, Penny's newborn daughter, once the cancer takes its final toll. Why is Penny's ex-boyfriend, Jason, telling his cronies that Penny has money and information about their illegal dealings? How does the cartel find out she has even left the Witness Protection Program?
Will Marko have to watch as another woman he cares for dies a horrible death? Will he lose his job as Medical Officer on the starship for bending the rules? Can Pacer finally have the peaceful retirement he desires? How will Claire deal with her quiet life being turned upside down? Catch up with Maggie and Daxon, along with Shirley and Mathenzo.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (November 30, 2014)
All of the Intergalactic Matchmaking Services books are available as an e-book on Amazon.
About the Author:
Ava Louise was born a U.S. Army brat overseas, in France. She is the proud mom of two wonderful young men. It's taken her a while to figure out what she wanted to be "when she grows up," but Ava has finally found her niche in the writing world. Since writing came to her later in life, she likes to think she is living proof that it's never too late to reach for a dream or to achieve it. Before writing her own stories, she usually reads from a wide array of genres. She loves Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mysteries, Thrillers, and Young Adult.