When we are young we can't wait to grow up. We see adults and it seems like they can do whatever they want, go wherever they want, eat whatever they want and stay up as late as they want. We want to grow up as fast as we can so we can have that life.
As soon as we get to that point however, we find it just isn't like that.
I am reminded of a Wonder Years episode. In that episode, Kevin Arnold gets to go with his father to his work to see what the grown ups do all day. Of course, Kevin's illusions of how great it would be are quickly shattered when he sees the reality of working in a place when you have to take a lot of crap to put food on the table, deal with mundane boring things that really don't mean much in the grand scheme of the world and then fight traffic all the way home to deal with a wife and kids who all have their own agendas, wants and needs.
We spend most of our adult life hoping for the day when we can just come and go as we please. Many among us long for the weekend, count the days until Friday and dread Monday morning. I have been there and done that.
We all have dreams but sometimes they get sidetracked. Over the years though, we all have those brief times when opportunity knocks and we can get our shot. We may lose a job, or inherit money, win the lottery, or simply take it easy for a month, or year, or couple of years. For one reason or another we all do get that chance to "live the dream".
By the time we get to the point where we could do those things, we have likely forgot what they are. We are so used to always doing the things that adults have to do (raising kids, making money, attending to family and spouses) that we don't even remember what our high hopes and goals and dreams are.
At times, we just need to sit back, close our eyes and let our minds wander. We need to find that wonderment that kids have when they dream big dreams and have not been beat down by the realities of an adult life.
If that chance came, would you know what you wanted to do? What if you could live your dream? What would it be and would you go for it?