I’ve always been a big dreamer. When I was a kiddo my I had dreams of being a famous entertainer. You know, the kind of entertainer who would serve you hamburgers while tap dancing and playing violin for you. On Broadway. It’s funny how dreams change over the years. That’s not to say that the dreams you have earlier were wrong, or that you’ve failed if you’ve shifted focus from one dream to another. It just means that, like people, dreams change. And based on that outfit above, changing dreams is probably a good call.
I’ve been watching a new show on PBS called “I’ll have What Phil’s Having” which follows its host, Phil Rosenthal, as he travels all over the world experiencing life through food. It’s not just a show about food, it’s a show about culture and the enjoyment of life. I highly recommend watching it if you’re into that kind of thing. Watching this show has been a reassurance that what we’re doing at The Twenty is the best possible thing we could be doing with our lives. I no longer dream about being that famous entertainer, or winning an Oscar, or hanging out with Steve (Spielberg) on set talking shop. Now my dream has so much more to do with simply enjoying life.
Cultivating a farmstead, building a home, sharing it with friends and family, creating a comfortable and safe place for our kiddo, building a brick oven, baking bread, drinking wine while eating that bread, growing delicious tomatoes and herbs to put on that bread (bread is a theme here), brewing beer, drinking perfectly made coffee while listening to records on a Sunday morning, sitting by the fire pit watching the fire flies. Doesn’t that all sound nice? That’s my big dream!
I encourage you to perform the same dream big exercise. One of the things Jackie Battenfield talks about in her book, The Artist’s Guide, is to dream big and write it down. At first it may feel like a cheesy exercise, but it’s amazing what actually writing things out does for one’s goals. If you want to take it a step further, write out your own obituary. It may seem morbid, but I found it to be quite wonderful. It’s taking pen to paper and writing out exactly how you project your life to have been by the time it’s all said and done. Tap dancing outfit and all.