Dreaming in stereo

I have a friend who is a dancer. She danced in college and even pursued it professionally in New York City for a while until circumstances caused her to return home. This week she quit her steady, reliable bank job. It was only supposed to be part-time and temporary until she figured out what she was going to do next with dance, but had turned full-time and dangerously close to a career. Some of her friends and family have questioned the wisdom of her decision and she’s even doubted herself at times so since I’ve been in a poetry mood I wrote this for her to show her I understand what she’s going through.

I’ve always wondered how people can go through life without big dreams to aim for for. What keeps them going? What makes life worth living. Sometimes I wish I could be happy with the simple things in life but mostly I want to be a superstar. I know many of this blog’s readers share my passion for dreaming so this is for all of you…

They don’t get it
I know–
Simple people
simple goals–

People change
they say–
You might too
they say

A steady job
a nice car
sensible shoes
The American Dream

It’s a competitive field
they say–
Have a back-up plan
they say–

Screw ’em
I say

You’re a full-time dreamer
pain and all
no insurance
no assurance

Nothing but hope
and fear
and passion
and fire

You don’t want The American Dream
You want The Impossible Dream

6 thoughts on “Dreaming in stereo

  1. That sort of goes back to your question about what writers do with themselves.The one inescapable fact of life is you HAVE to eat. You HAVE to have a place to live. You HAVE to be able to take care of yourself.Doesn’t stop people from dreaming. If anything, 9 to 5 tends to fuel that.Of course, I write, which can be done rather flexibly. When you have to dance at a scheduled time or lug around instruments and equipment, the dreaming gets a little more difficult to reconcile.

  2. Oh, yes. But what of all the suffering you miss? Years and years of sacrifice and dull drudgery? Don’t you need that to become a writer?

  3. Interesting to contrast this with the letter to Cary Tennis on Salon.com from a wife whose husband was spending all his time with his blues band while the family went deeper into debt. There really is a need to balance art and life.One thing I do believe though, is that learning to do anything very, very well is always valuable. Even if you never achieve fame or greatness or even break even on it. Discipline and setting standards for yourself are skills that you’ll take anywhere.

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