October 18 • 10:24 AM

Childlike dreams have rewards

July 14, 2010
There comes a time in every pre-adult's life where he or she is faced with crucial choices that will factor into the rest of his life. Now is the time that we are responsible for pursuing a career path, becoming an independent adult, and finding a partner who is willing to share our hopes, our dreams, and our ambitions.

When we were young children, our parents would often ask the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" At the time, not many of us were going to say "I want to be an anesthesiologist with a beautiful wife and three children, a Mercedes Benz and a little blue house by the lake with a white picket fence."

No, those were not the dreams of our childhood. For some of us, it was "astronaut," for some, "the President," for others, "Pokémon Trainers."

For me? I wanted to be a "fruit truck driver" after a seeing a Fruit of the Loom semi drive past our car on our annual trip to California.

Children's dreams are much simpler than the average adult's. Back then, we didn't care about money; we didn't care about the romance. It was about excitement, a fascination of something wonderful and intriguing. This was before we had learned about things like "budgets," "car loans" and "divorces."

As people grow older, society takes the reins. Suddenly, we're dreaming of winning the lottery, becoming famous, looking like the girl in the magazine, and dating the supermodel… Our youthful dreams are taken away from us, and replaced with modern, mainstream ideals. Our creativity fades away, and is replaced with "reality." It's so easy to settle, and many of us do just that.

In a famous poem written by a Roman poet, the Latin phrase (and popular modern saying), Carpe Diem, is said in the line "Carpe diem quam minime credula postero" which translates to "Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future."

To say that life is just about the figures you rack in, the mountains of accessories and material goods you have is almost a sin! It's about the joy you find in life and in those around you. It's about passion.

For a moment, compare yourself with the rest of the universe. Our lives on this planet are fairly short and (in a universal view) fairly insignificant. At least that is what you are brought up to believe, but contrary to that thinking, there is an alternative viewpoint.

There is a saying that even a drop of water can create ripples in a pond. Imagine that all of your dreams and ambition are represented by the amount of water you drop into the pond.

Now go get a bucket.

Are you going to fill it, or let it sit there, catching the occasional drop?

It isn't too late. If you're reading this, you still have life in you! I challenge you, my kind reader, to take advantage of the gift you have been given, find a passion, and find a purpose in life, instead of just drifting along in a "mundane" existence. Life is what you make of it.

Go and seize the day.

Intern Erick Fredendall is a 2010 graduate of Imlay City High School. Email him at

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