These dreams make me tick
Nine lives by Tania Ost © 2007
As a small child I always dreamt about being an adult. I also dreamt not to be so alone and that I would be good friends with all my class mates, wanting them to like me. I always dreamt about such things. When it comes to more precise wishes I dreamt about a hedgehog in the garden. The little hedgehog - or maybe it would even be two of them – would have gotten a little wooden hut. I had no idea what a hedgehog would want with a hut, where it lives to begin with and if it likes being in a garden. Nevertheless, in regular intervals I started drawing little houses for my hedgehogs. That must have been the architect in me. I actually talked with my parents about my dream. Probably that was one of those sheepish dreams that cannot be turned into reality. We also had just a tiny patch of garden.
We would have had to go to it in the garden every day, and would have had to feed it, too. To this day I have no idea how to treat hedgehogs and if they even like gardens. Maybe they would just run away and dig a tunnel, maybe to hook up with the moles? Actually, hedgehogs are rather prickly, but as a small child I imagined them as cute and fluffy like a plush animal. So how about this old dream today while, now that I am an adult? Sometimes I feel that I think too much like an adult. Rather conservatively and a little stiffly. At those times I would like to be more childlike and to break out. I have no idea if this will change someday, if there will be a tipping point like with a pendulum that swings back. Maybe the wish to be adult goes away when one finally really is adult. The following deals with challenges each person should master at some stage, with past childhood dreams and adult wishes for the near future. My eight dreamers in their different professions share the desire for knowledge. Their wish remains to keep on learning, to progress and to pass on knowledge, to achieve a wider perspective. And those dreams and wishes also make me tick.