Chez Shaffner

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I'm Back...

Some of you may have been around for my Rants & Raves page I updated sporadically two years ago... Well, I'm back, and this time I mean business.

You see, I had a revelation a few months ago. It came to me one week in April, when I was in my parents' house in Maine. I realized that many years ago, when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. It was all I could imagine for myself, the only one of the flights of professional fancy that stuck for more than a few days. Sure, I briefly dreamed things every boy dreams: to be a doctor, fireman, cowboy, President. (Surprising as it may be, IT consultant was never in that list... Then again, I'm not sure the title even existed back then...) Only the desire to see my name on the cover of a bestselling novel really stuck.

So what was that grand eureka moment? It was watching a video of a concert we did in fifth grade. Sixties music was the theme. I watched myself singing an atrocious version of "Daddy Sang Bass" and behind my wincing face hummed a simple enough thought: if I don't ever chase the dreams I dreamed when I was that little boy on the television screen, would I regret it forever? The decision made itself, really, and two months later I presented notice at work.

I'm retiring at twenty-nine, to pursue other dreams. Like Michael Jordan, Evander Holyfield, and so many others, I may emerge from retirement in mere months. But for now, I've got dreams to chase...



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