My new favorite game is asking people to tell me what their “pipe dream” is. I had no idea what a pipe dream was until the notion was introduced to me by Fallon a few months ago. It’s a “ fantastic notion or vain hope, often fanciful or impossible” and even though the term came from fantasies induced by smoking a pipe of opium (re: this is a drug-free blog), I am so obsessed. What’s a better conversation starter: “What would you do if you could do anything?” OR “what’s your pipe dream.” Option B. Definitely.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I would do if I had zero limitations – time, money, location, etc. I say do because living a life of lazy luxury isn’t a pipe dream, it’s just a boring genie in a bottle kind of wish… If we all have to work, or do something to occupy our days, what would it be in a perfect world? My pipe dream is kind of simple. I want to move to a new city, go to photography school, and spend my days taking and sharing perfect images. To feed my student self I would nanny for a family with darling twin babies. My precious white lab (which I don’t have) would also follow me around everywhere and be perfectly behaved. My uniform would also made up of this and these. (Don’t judge me, this is my pipe dream)
My dream might not be totally impossible per se, I could make all that happen if I wanted to abolish my current life in Dallas, break my apartment lease, and really take a risk… But (but, but, but) the chances of me doing all that are slim. At least right now. My goal is to take my high-reaching pipe dream and break out chunks that are achievable. Photography school? Maybe I can find a legit Arts program in Dallas that will fit with my schedule (looking into this). All suggestions welcome. The one thing I know is that I’m getting a white lab puppy come August. Maybe getting to a fully realized pipe dream is equal parts obsession, visualization, relentlessness, and luck.
So your assignment today is to decide what your pipe dream is. It can be big like backpacking through Thailand or starting a food truck or smaller and closer to home like making your backyard a rose garden or getting rid of all the decor in your house and starting over. To any of you already living your pipe dream (working for a killer designer? living in the city of your dreams? getting paid to perform your passion which already happens to be something your naturally gifted at), I envy you and you inspire me. Dare to dream (for realz) and dare to share in the comments!
(Image via Emerson Fry)