remember what you wanted to be when you grew up

boy doctor I remember when I was about 14 years old, my friend and I had decided that we were going to be actresses. That was it, decision made.

I don’t remember the details but we had it all planned out. We would graduate high school, buy a camper van – remember those in the 1970’s? – and drive to California where our fame and fortune awaited us. That friend may even be reading this blog post right now as we re-connected a few years ago on Facebook. Paula, do you remember? Your dad even wrote it all down and made us sign it. I wonder if he still has that? It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he did.

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Fast forward 30 years and I am in a little theater in Toronto reading the bios of the actors and actresses in the play “Mousetrap” that was to begin shortly.

The bio for the actress playing the elderly lady said that she only started acting at age 65! It had always been her dream to be an actress and so, after the kids grew up and her husband was gone, she chose to finally follow that dream. And she was really good! I wish I had kept that program and I could tell you her name.

That’s when acting became part of my retirement plan!

This is something that I loved to do all through school, I was in almost every performance that took place on the stage except for the annual music show. I couldn’t sing or play an instrument so I opted for tech crew on that show but I was still involved. I absolutely loved it. Why does that dream have to die? Why can’t I do it now? I figure they are always going to need old people, right? Remember the Wendy’s “where’s the beef” lady!

Remember what you wanted to be when you grew up.

Maybe now is the time to go for it!

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  1. aw yes, the world was certainly our oyster! My dad does still have that piece of paper…he reminds of it every couple of years (Do you remember our other life plan? I was going to write children’s books and you were going to illustrate them!)

    • That is Hilarious!! Say “Hi” to him for me. No, I don’t remember the other life plan but how clever of us at that age to have a “back up plan”. Isn’t it interesting that you did wind up a writer and I wound up in graphic design – – that’s close!

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