Monday, 6 April 2009

Dream a little dream

I was never a dreamer. I had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was one of those freaks who loved school, who did well in all subjects. History was awesome, I loved Biology, loved Chemistry, English was my favourite. I even loved P.E.

This did not help me one bit in making a decision about my future. My decision to study Biology at university was a bit of an
eeny meeny miny mo kind of effort. That and the fact that there didn't seem to be many job prospects for a BA English graduate.

My point is that I was not a dreamer. Except for this one dream I had between the ages of 10 and 11 years.

I dreamt of being a cartoonist. But not just any cartoonist. I wanted to draw Garfield. I was crazy about Garfield, and I wanted to go and work for Jim Davis in America, drawing Garfield all day long.

For two years I drew Garfield obsessively. I covered pages and pages with Garfield, copied at first, and then my own creations. I drew birthday and Christmas cards covered in Garfield. In any spare time we had at school I drew Garfield. When we had to write or talk about our ambitions, that is what I talked or wrote about. And if not Garfield, then Disney. The idea of drawing something like
Aladdin blew my mind.

I don't know how that dream eventually died. My shaky artistic skills may have had something to do with it. I also remember life becoming all complicated at that time, and me developing some kind of eating disorder.

Somewhere along the line I lost that dream, and I never had such a directed one again. I wish I still had some of my old Garfield drawings, but they were all lost in the various moves that my family members have undergone.

For old times sake, here is my feeble attempt at drawing Garfield. My attempts at the age of 10 were far more impressive, believe me:

So what were your childhood dreams? And can you draw Garfield better than me? Huh? Huh? Post your attempts at drawing Garfield, if you wanna.


Being Brazen said...

Garfield rocks!

My childhood dreams? Well,I wanted to be a ballet dancer for a minute, someone who worked with dolphins & killer whales, an actress and I also wanted to be a writer.

Being Brazen said...

Ps - Thats just a few -I wanted to be alot of things

Anonymous said...

I think your dream of being a cartoonist is cute (and if that is your drawing) and it's pretty good.

I've always dreamed of being a wife and mom married to a celebrity. Hasn't changed at all. Except well, I wanna make my own money as well. Dorky me thinks.

I also wanted to be a writer but like of a diary like the diary of Adrian MOle... but it always ended up being an autobiography- end of that dream... and um; a dancer, a singer, A photographer and an artist, an au pair... a lot of things. I was very much a dreamer.

Thing is I've never met someone who wanted to be an astronaut- which has always been someone I wanna meet. *sigh*

Goblin said...

Kay, I can't draw Garfield. I can't draw a bloody tree. So I'm jealous of the fact that you can do one. Bad sea monkey!

But I was a big dreamer. Which is probably why I still don't know what the hell I want to do.

Astharis said...

I always wanted to work with music... To start with it was your usual "pop star" deal, but my singing voice is mediocre at best. So it's progressed up to the stage of composer. I'm quite happy to still be heading towards the area that I wanted to be in as a kid. :)

Helen said...

I think the eeny-meeny-miny-mos of life can make for the most interesting and exciting detours!

po said...

BB: I also wanted to be an actress for a short while, but there was nothing in it. A writer too. But the only time I was ever passionate and obsessed was with the Garfield thing.

Paula: Wow. I never ever dreamed of being either a wife or a mom. I am not much good at that sort of stuff. A writer definitely crossed my mind. But I never seem to make enough effort in that area.

Goblin: I have no idea either. And I am pretty sure I never will. But what were some of your dreams?

Astharis: I think you are a rare breed! Good for you.

Helen: well, yeah, I had to pick something and the outcome would always be confusion and doubts, but having a job is so good!

boldly benny said...

What a great post, really made me think of all the ideas I tussled with.

For a very very long time I wanted to be a doctor. I loved the idea of helping and healing people. These dreams were dashed when I went to an open day at a government hospital and one sight of the foreseps and I fainted.

I then toyed with physio and then had my heart set on being a lawyer. Journalism never really rang any bells because while I loved writing and wrote for school publications it just seemed like a hobby. It was only at varsity when I traded law for journ that I realised I could make a career out of a hobby.
Sometimes I wish I had kept it a hobby.

Anonymous said...

I also always wanted to be a doctor. I even considered joing the medical corps... But somewhere along the line I ended up in IT!

I think your Garfield is brilliant - I can't even draw a good stick man...

Miss T said...

Dig your Garfield!
I wanted to magnum PI..sad hey?-lol

LadyFi said...

I love Garfield! And your drawing is very impressive. I can't draw a cat, let alone Garfield...

po said...

Wow, I see lots of people wanted to be doctors. That never really took hold with me at all.

I used to like to fantasise that I could be anything I wanted, that my abilities were vast. Soooooo not true. Now I feel like I can't be anything!

Boldly benny: I find it so strange that you never really dreamed of journalism and yet you seem so passionate about it. Life never really turns out how you think it will.

Quartercenturycrisis: I have doubts about that. I dare you to post a stick man drawing on your blog :p

Miss T: no way, I wanted to be McGyver!

LAdyfi: I can't draw a cat either, I taught myself to draw Garfield after years of tracing and then copying. I am not much good at drawing anything else.