Hello, my friends!
Welcome to my blog. I’m happy you’re here, and I’d like to begin by saying I have my suspicions about you. Right at this moment, I bet you have some dreams. Big dreams. Small dreams. Certainly some medium-sized ones. And if you’re a drama mentor working with middle schoolers, I bet you have a dream or two about what you’d like to do next with kids. Me, too.
Here’s what I know about my own dreams. Something comes along that plants an idea in my head, and it’s a seed that always feels so tiny and fragile. But then I can’t stop thinking about it, and this little, insubstantial seed, begins to grow bigger…and stronger. And soon enough this idea can’t be contained in the greenhouse of my mind any more. It wants to live out in the sunlight and fresh air. And then it’s clear I actually need to take those first steps in making it happen. It’s scary and exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. But then I remind myself that all great things must have started out this way…as a little, tiny dream in someone’s mind that just couldn’t help itself but grow.
So, that being said, it’s time for me to bring a dream of mine out into the light. As dreams go, it’s certainly not the size of a show on Broadway, but for my life, it’s big enough. I’m ready to write and direct another play with a group of local kids. I’ve done this before, but that doesn’t seem to take away the anxiety. I think about writing the script, recruiting the kids, casting the roles, setting up the stage, directing the rehearsals, marketing the show, and, finally, mentoring the final production. It feels…overwhelming. But then I take a deep breath and tell myself to be brave. Making a dream happen–big or small–is not for the faint of heart.
So, my fellow drama mentors, if you have a dream of making something wonderful happen with kids on stage, and that dream makes you feel anxious, excited, and determined all at the same time, then know that you are not alone. Be brave. Because us dreamers have to stick together.