How many dreams have we given up as we grew up? Simple dreams like what you wanted to be when you grew up. Once I became taller then 4' 7" and could no longer be a jockey (no matter that I barely rode before) or when I realized that the majority of professional dancers have been learning how to do so since they were in elementary school and I just realized I would like to be one of the solid gold dancers on TV in middle school. And, really, I knew the money isn't there for dance lessons. Or when I realized that I pass out at the sight of blood so the veterinarian dream isn't going to pan out either.
So then I dreamed of the ivory tower, stacks of books and being surrounded by knowledge. Researching, writing & publishing brilliance, right? Then reality intrudes of day to day living expenses and frankly, unused knowledge really isn't my bag. Why talk about things when I could go and see how they actually work in real life.
I guess that is how I ended up on this path to be a social worker. I just hope nobody bleeds on me.