Every December, since last century when I began teaching, I stage a retelling of The Gingerbread Man with my students. What initially began as a simple 10 minute play in the late 90s, has evolved into a filmed production complete with green screen, set changes, and make-up application. In the midst of one of our first Mulready recreations a few years ago, my amazing and truthful Kindergarten colleague informed me that “this chaos is out of control.” To this I replied… “I know. It is just that I dream so big!”
Since then, this “dream so big” term has been coined to describe my many, (Did I mention many?) other well intended, yet chaotic endeavors at work. I even have the T-shirt! (Which of course I made with my Cricut and gave one to each of my Kindergarten teammates.) I can’t help it. I always think that I can do it all. And honestly, I thrive on having a project or purpose.
Isn’t this the case for all of us? Don’t we all thrive on having a purpose? With everything remotely social closed, and so many of us working from home or not working at all, our sense of purpose is evolving daily. We are having to make changes to our routines to redefine and manage our time. Some of us are watching more TV or picking up that hobby we’ve ignored for so long. Others are embracing the spring weather by getting outside for a walk or run, while others are taking this time to rid their homes of clutter or spruce up a room with a fresh coat of paint. Many of us are spending more forced “quantity time” with family. (This may not always be “quality time”, but that will be a future post!)
What is your “big dream” during this social distancing advisory? How are you spending your time now? Can you recommend a new series on Netflix that we should binge? Are you crafting or cleaning or both? Where is the best walking path in your area? Are you making daily trips to the supermarket on a scavenger hunt for the only package of toilet paper left in the Commonwealth?
Feel free to reply with your “big dream” in the comments. We look forward to hearing about it. And remember…Dream so big that your thoughts turn into your memories.