Growing up, I was always captivated by the grandiose productions of the Olympics, the Three Tenors specials on PBS, and even the high school marching band. In these I dreamt dreams and felt feeling that led me to forget the world and live within an imagined box of extremes. I shot the game winning basketball shot in the NCAA finals, I sank an eagle putt to win the US Open, and I had an awesome police car and chased down bank robbers.
But as I got older, the realization never really came, that my impossible dreams were just of my mind and couldn't actually happen. Of course I knew failure very well. Even though I wasn't the best basketball player didn't mean that I couldn't live the excitement of sinking the game-winning shot in my head. The dream that I could be like Pavarotti or be like Tiger Woods always was possible to me. And in a way, when I would get great opportunities later in life, my reaction to them was always more muted than what I imagined as a kid. So I stuck to my imagination - it was much more exciting than the glories of the real world.
I had a childhood infatuation with marching bands - the power, the militaristic uniformity, the emotion from the music. In high school, I auditioned to be the drum major (I didn't get it). But, as a small kid, if given that opportunity, I would have made that as important as life itself. As a child, if I had known that I could be the high school drum major, I would be proud and nervous and excited that I had a future capable of something so great. I tend to forget the simple enthusiasm. I forget that I have had many accomplishments and projects that I should give the full joy of my youth - even to the things as simple as auditioning for the high school band drum major.
Recently, a bit of news, an opportunity, arose that caused a flood of these childhood emotions of pride, nervousness, excitement. I don't believe I ever said "yes" but instead I said that I was "horribly excited" for the opportunity. Of course I meant "yes", but it never came out that way.
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This is an amazing opportunity, that I will not waste, and I will live it with the passion of my childhood. Who knows what the future holds, but as for right now, I am so excited to live in the moment - just like a kid.
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