Dave Lim

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"What did you want to be when you were little?"

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    Apr 10 2011: A painter, with my own studio under a mansard roof in Paris. And an astronaut, but somebody told me that I needed to be perfectly healthy and have perfect eyesight to become one. I had just started wearing glasses so I put that dream on hold until when in grade two I learned about Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in a space project. I wanted then to be a teacher. Somehow I thought they could make an exception about my eyesight if I was a really good teacher. Also a mathematician in the Soviet Union because I was afraid of a nuclear war and was told that Russians were always ready to put their best people in bunkers to keep them safe. And of course a chef.
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      Apr 12 2011: Lela, I love the detail of your wishes! You took me along.
  • Apr 9 2011: I wanted to be Tom Sawyer or a pirate or .... it changed with every book i traveled through,
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      Apr 12 2011: I was like this too, becoming the boks I read from a very early age. Jack London was interesting as a 3rd grade girl, as was Saki!
  • Apr 22 2011: I wanted to be an actress, policewoman (my dad was a policeman) and/or a flight attendant! I thought being a teacher might be good too....this is what I am now but these other desires are not dead!!!! Scary thoughts...but not dead!!!
  • Apr 16 2011: when i was very little and the world was made of dreams i wanted to be this mad inventing scientist or an astronaut or both. Too bad they didnt have that course in school so i stepped into the shadows. All was quiet and i stayed there. I watched the world decline as it slowly ate itself. Now unknown forces want to drag me out into the light. I can't , it burns ... i am a force of chaos, not an agent. Life is chaos, everchanging and unpredictable, order is death, never changing and ever rigid . If you believe in cycles, you might think there's always another chance. But the universe has granted you and me THIS moment, who's to say she feels like sharing more ?
    I wish i could share this shining womans positivity, i lack no confidence but i'm no longer convinced that there's a chance for everyone, the world has grown too big, it collapses under its own filth and false intentions. Can a handful of bright lights bring salvation? I sure hope so but the brightest lights never seem bent on grabbing power, they might have access to a lot of energy, but lack the motivation to control it. Those in control seem to be blinded mostly from looking at their own light in the mirror all the time. I hope something else than all out war will bring balance back because of this i am convinced : balance ALWAYS comes back.
    (people prone to depression should maybe not read these lines which i deem magic realism :--)
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    Apr 15 2011: I wanted to create an entire city planned with finest of utilities, logic, and no traffic. The dream still goes on !
  • Apr 14 2011: I wanted to be a fireman, as most young boys did (I think). As I transitioned into junior high and high school I wanted to be a veterinarian, but was dispelled from that fantasy with the realization of how competitive the veterinarian programs were in college. Instead, I enlisted in the Coast Guard after high school, served on a ship as a fireman (weird, huh?), later became a maritime industry inspector in New York City, and then was accepted into the Coast Guard Academy, where I earned a BS in Marine Environmental Sciences. Caroline's talk reminds me that I ought not limit myself...perhaps veterinarian school will be on the horizon for me soon! Many thanks to Caroline for sharing her story with us all!
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    Apr 14 2011: I think it's the gemini in me but I wanted to be a multitude of things. I wanted to try it all and do it all. I wanted to be an inventor, a basketball player, a photographer and ultimately a designer.

    There is so much to life that is interesting to me, I find it hard to stick to just one thing.
  • Apr 14 2011: As a former Accenture consultant I couldn't be more proud. As a father of two special needs boys I couldn't be more inspired.
  • Apr 13 2011: I wanted to be a performer, a wife, a mother, and to touch people's lives in a positive way, among other things. Mostly I just wanted to be accepted and loved for who I was by my family, which wold be a long shot because I always moved outside of the box of conformity. I can positively check off the first three, I have been told that I have done the fourth, am trying to figure out the other things, and am fairly certain that my family will never truly understand - or accept - who I am because I just cannot stay inside the box.
  • Apr 13 2011: I wanted to be a minister, so when I was twenty one I received a License To Preach. I wanted to say positive things about God, to find language to create God as Love. I was in the ministry for three years and then the stewards of my church decided to try me for heresy. They thought I had beliefs that were contrary to the teachings of the church that would hurt the young people of the church. Teachings like "the kingdom of God is within you." I decided I could not be in the church because the people of the church believed things that were stronger than what I felt about my God of Love.I gave up. But my problem was that I empowered myself with the idea that the church was full of backward minded people, and I was smarter than they were. Yes, my feelings were hurt; in fact I was devastated—but justified. Being in the church was what i wanted, but I gave it up. I let it go. And i blamed others instead of standing up for myself. I knew I could never be a conventional minister, but i could not see the way for myself. But that's what i wanted to do, and to be. Now i am seventy-two years old. My question: is it too late? I've been through 6 other professions, and there are so many questions to address.
    • Apr 13 2011: No, it i never too late....if your dream is calling to you then you owe it to yourself to follow it, especially at your age. What a deep seeded desire in your soul for it to still be calling out to you. I am sure that now, 50 years later, you can find an organization that is in allignment with your beliefs and that would embrace you as part of their community. May your new road shine brightly, and lead you on the adventure of a lifetime.
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    Apr 12 2011: I wanted to work with wild animals. To doctor them or learn about them, be accepted as part of their families. I also wanted to see the entire world. I also wanted to read every interesting book in the world.
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    Apr 11 2011: Handsome, cool, athletic, and important.
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    Apr 10 2011: Actor, writer Physical Education Teacher. Taller.

    I live all but for the Taller one, nature gave me all she could. 5'7"
  • Apr 9 2011: I wanted to be a nurse to help people. Now I want to be a researcher and a professor.
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    Apr 9 2011: Programmer, working on expending possibilities of the web ^^
    That idea has never changed btw.
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    Apr 9 2011: a cook, and a teacher.
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    Apr 8 2011: I don't remember any specific occupation, just to learn, I guess. I did know what I did not want to be...............
    a nun ! That was what my family wanted me to be.
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    Apr 8 2011: I wanted to be a ballerina, but my mum told that I was too fat, therefore I never tried ballet.
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    Apr 8 2011: Pilot, writer, director. Oh, and a photographer.
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    Apr 8 2011: hmm..Space adventurer, undersea explorer, naturalist, paleontologist, inventor, and... an optometrist! ... and in dreams, a jedi knight protecting against evil in the universe :-)
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    Apr 8 2011: Professor in everything