DID YOU ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS IN LIFE?
We’ve lived long lives since high school graduation (mine was June 1969), and I would like to know what you’ve been doing with yourself. Did you have dreams in that you’ve achieved? Time to tell all…
I didn’t make it to high school graduation. I was singing with my band. I had a Latin American combo, and we opened the La Gardenia Supper Club in Sapperton that night.
There are two things I aspired to when I was in high school: one was to become a doctor and the other was to be a singer. I choose the music industry over medicine. My dad had been an entertainer, singer, and guitar player, and I’d sung with him when I was eight years old. That’s how I got started. I sang for eighteen years, and my band went on tour several times, (we almost went to Vietnam in 1970). So I achieve my dream of being a singer. During those years I also achieved my dream of being a mother and had two beautiful children.
When I was twenty-six on October 22, 1977, I sobered up. Yesterday, I celebrated my anniversary of 45 years of continuous sobriety. It wasn’t a dream of mine to become an alcoholic, believe me. But it happened and I’m very grateful there was a program around that I could grab hold of and learn how to live.
I needed a skill because singing was all I knew how to do, so I went to technical College, PVI in Burnaby, and got my clerk typist certificate. That took me a long way. Twenty-three years later I was downsized from my last office job and that was that. At least that’s what I thought. That was in February 2002 and over these last twenty years I’ve never looked back or regretted anything in my career paths. But what to do now?
Well, during those years I became a grandma to three wonderful grandkids. My husband and I enjoyed having them in our home for sleepovers. We had so much fun with those children. They’ve grown into being fine young adults.
Over my lifetime, I’d practised yoga, meditation, herbs, helping people to relax and centre—balance their minds. I’d taught meditation and mindfulness courses since my twenties, and now I was prepared to move forward on it as a full-time career choice. Over the following four years I took 96 courses in Energy Healing and aced all of the exams and the case studies. I hung out my shingle with the following courses: Reiki energy healing, meditation, emotional freedom techniques, crystal healing, sound healing, and earth-based therapies. I also took nine years of astrology. I studied herbalism, diet, and nutrition for six years. I absolutely loved this career path. I was able to help a lot of people along the way.
After 16 years, in 2018, I decided to retire so that I could write full-time. I’ve been writing since I was eight years old, I’ve written fifty books so far, most of them fiction and some of them poetry. But I wanted to try my hand at writing a novel. So I did.
I’m just at the end of writing Book II in a six-book romantic suspense series. The first one called “Murder on Belcut Mountain” was a lot of fun to write. It took me six years, because as I said I’d only written non-fiction. I had to learn how to write fiction. Now that I know, the second book is going much quicker and will be out next June. It’s called “Murder in River’s Bend”. Now I’m realizing my ultimate dream: to be a poet and a published recognized author.
I may be seventy-one, but there’s a lot of life left in this old gal. I have dreams, aspirations, and goals stretching me out to 2029.
I guess in twenty years, I’ll do another post and see what everybody’s been up to and share with you what I’ve been up to.
Have a beautiful day. Be well; be at peace.