Childhood Dreams 2: Become a Jedi

Apr
23

In my last post - Childhood Dreams - I discussed an overview of my Childhood Dreams, and why I thought it was important to consider them. I ended up with some interesting comments from my cousin who, like me, shared the dream of becoming a parent. I would say we're both successful in that regard (she has 4 children of her own)!

Steve's comments were also interesting - neat to see how some of the dreams are still alive even after life has taken him in a different path. I know he is working hard on his black belt - it's certainly given him focus.

I've also found out that one of my co-workers wanted to be a Camel when he grew up - but that's a story for another time (and probably some therapy should be involved there).

The Dream: Become a Jedi

One of my earliest dreams was to become a Jedi. Why? I'm not sure - other than being fanatically obscessed with Star Wars, I suppose. However, it is interesting to look back and reflect on the fact that my favourite character in the series was Luke Skywalker, while many of the boys I grew up with favoured Han Solo.

I'd like to think that I favoured Luke because of the moral compass - the guardians of truth and justice - that the Jedis represented in the series and not the fact that a Jedi could crush you with a simple thought - but it's definately hard to say why exactly I empathized with that character more so than the rough-and-tumble scoundrel that was Han.

Progress

Well - ultimately this is one of those childhood dreams that is not really attainable - although that doesn't stop me from squinting and trying REALLY hard to get the remote control on the other side of the room to magically fly into my hand; so far such attempts are met with a considerable lack of progress.

I've also been guilty of trying to pilot my car down the road like it's an X-Wing fighter in the death star trench - but I digress.

I have always had a very strong sense of right and wrong (not that it always leads me to the right choice). I do strongly believe that we all have a civic duty to treat each other with respect and to do the right thing.

As a human being - sometimes faced with difficult challenges in both the work and personal arena - it can be difficult to make those right choices. And so as I progress through life it becomes important to keep in mind my personal ideals that I can hold myself to.

While those ideals have definately become more complex as I've aged, many of them can be traced back to my early days of running around Rich Street vanquishing imaginary foes as a Jedi Knight, protector of the people.

When we look through the lens of the person we ideally wanted to be when we grew up, you start to see those areas where we shine - and those areas that could bear some improvement. I think my childhood self would be happy in many ways with who I am, but would have many critiques around some of the details around my life - and it's this reflection and those details that propel towards continual self improvement.

Not the least of which being figuring out how to levitate that darned remote.

How about you? Would your childhood version of yourself like what he/she saw if looking through the lense of time?

I've always been more of a lead guitar guy anyway