The title of this blog comes from a book I read last November by John Higham. He and his wife took their two children, ages 8 and 11, on a one year trip around the world. One full year of traveling “chasing summer” all around the globe.
Higham’s book, and our family’s general passion for traveling, got my son and I to thinking: Why shouldn’t our family should travel around the world and film our adventures? My son loves to produce films on his camera and we thought it would be really cool to have Daniel produce a documentary about his travels — a teenager traveling around the world. Crazy, no?
I was telling my Facebook friends about our little pipe dream last week, and it was interesting how many people commented on the post. Seems that lots of people have the desire to travel and step out of their comfort zone. Many encouraged us to write a proposal and submit it to the Travel Channel (one example) to see if they would fund the project. I have to admit, I was not at all serious about following through on the idea. I mean, it’s a pipe dream, right? But my son was all for pitching the idea to whomever would listen.
Then I got to thinking, what is the message I want to send my children? On a practical level, they must learn to set a goal and develop a plan of action to meet it. On a more sublime level, I want them to know that every dream is a worthy one and worthy of being fulfilled (unless the dream involved traveling around the world and leaving me home).
I want them to always dream. Plus, filmmakers, just like writers, must get used to both acceptance and rejection.