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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

FEAR AND TREMBLING
I had two dreams when I was growing up: I was either going to be a librarian or a Latin teacher. Geeky, right? LOL What can I say? I love books. My parents have pictures of me sleeping with a book in my hand. And in high school, I took Latin and loved all the history as well as learning the words. Now of course, I can't even figure out a Latin word for a crossword puzzle. But those were my dreams.

So it seems a little surreal that tomorrow I'm going to speak at the Indiana Federation of Librarians annual conference. There will be a thousand librarians there. Heaven! But I feel a little intimidated to be among these folks who are living one of my early dreams. I had a dream last night about my best friend in high school. She IS a librarian now and I got to wondering if she might be there. I haven't seen her in years. Wouldn't that be a hoot if she showed up?

So how about you? What was your dream growing up? Are you living even a tiny bit of it? Instead of being a librarian, I'm supplying those folks with books so I've got a piece of that dream.
Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:51 AM  
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At 9:54 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

I'd say you've got a BIG piece of that dream, Colleen! What a wonderful opportunity! I know you will wow them!

I'm living my dream too. Well, mostly...my first dream was to have 12 kids. LOL! We got 4, and believe me, most days it seemed like 12! After that, I wanted to someday write a book. Wrote 12 (plus 5 more), so maybe I just had my dreams turned around. Either way, I'm very grateful to God for giving me the desires of my heart.

I'll be praying for you as you share your heart with these librarians. Hope you get to see your friend, too. That would really be neat!

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Deena said...

My dream growing up was to be a writer or a journalist...so it only makes sense that I read a ton of books and write reviews, right??

You'll do great with the librarians...some of my favorite people getting together with one of my favorite authors;-)

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I wanted to be a pastors wife and a mommy. I'm both now.

I also wanted to be Nancy Drew, Amy Grant and an archaeologist (until I realized the latter would make my fingernails dirty)

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

TWELVE kids, Deb?? You must have read lots of pioneer stories or something. LOL!

Aw, that's a sweet thought, Deena! Thanks!

Suzanne, I'm fascinated with archeology. But I hate broken, dirty fingernails. LOL

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

My foremost dream was always to marry a wonderful man and raise amazing kids. I've still got the guy, and the three kids are grown and gone and AMAZING. I inherited FWS from my banker father (Frustrated Writer's Syndrome), but he--at some point--stopped pursuing the cure. I, on the other hand, am determined to one day be the author of a published book.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Kay said...

I love the movie Yours, Mine and Ours, and so I used to want 12 kids, too. But am nicely overwhelmed by my two.

What I really dreamed of being was a Rodeo Queen! We didn't even have a horse, just a stubborn old pony. So, no, I am not anywhere near living that particular dream! LOL

I used to think being a librarian would be great, too. Have a great time!

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Marrying a great guy and raising my fabulous kids put the other dreams on hold for a while. Isn't it great how God has a time for everything?

I grew up with four kids in our household. I always wanted a big family too, but two is what I've got. And they're great enough that they're enough!

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

I've always wanted to be a writer. But, my inhibitions (all the defeatist voices in my head)are just too strong for that, I guess. So, I fix other people's writing instead. I'm an editor. Does that count? Besides, fixing grammar and logic and storylines...I'm really good at that, so I guess that's where God wants me!

Plus, He gave me a great husband and a wonderful kid--neither thing did I ever really expect. I didn't think I was good enough for that kind of stuff...God is good.

Oh--and my daughter is turning out to be a great writer, herself! Pretty cool!

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Editors are GIFTED, Rachel! I think they walk on water. LOL

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Be sure to tell them they're living your dream, since you're probably living the dream many of them had. :o)

I can't imagine doing anything else. Gina and I were talking about one writer who got contracted after many, many years. I wondered what made her stick to it, and then I wondered what else would I do if I didn't write?

That's when I realized I wouldn't do anything else. I have a lifetime of stories in my head and will spend the rest of my life writing and perfecting them.

If God wants to use them, then great. But I can't DO anything else. So yeah, I'm living my dream.

So have a ball speaking to them, Colleen. Be sure to make them giggle. :o)

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

i wanted to be a hair dresser then work in an orphanage,
I also wanted to marry and have kids and alas that hasn't happened either.
I am now a carer for my elderly mother and when i grow up i still have no idea what i want to do.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I wanted to be Mrs. Darcy. : )

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger WordVixen said...

Actually, I wanted to be a proofreader. I think I still would like to be, but only if I'm proofreading fiction. :)

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Becki said...

I wanted to be a teacher and a children's book author since I was in second grade.
And for a lot of years (I graduated from college with my teaching certificate 7 years ago), it didn't look like either was going to happen.
Yet this year here I am teaching 8th graders and loving it.
And, while I haven't written any children's books, I've found my writing output in copywriting for my church. And I enjoy that as well. :)
My new dream is to be a librarian when I retire from teaching...MANY years down the road.

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Oh...Have fun tomorrow! My dreams growing up were I was either going to take Jane Pauley/Katie Couric's show on the Today Show or I was going to be a politician.

So now I write books. With legal twists to them. And I know someday they will include political subplots, too.

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

This is so fun, Colleen. Exactly up my alley--curious about dreams growing up. I still think you have met your dreams and gone beyond your wildest dreams! I think you should get those photos from your parents and send them to me to put on your interview.Seriously.

Wow, I ask this question all the time but I never answer it. Maybe someday I'll interview myself.

But a take-off on Kristin's dream--I wanted to marry Atticus Finch!! (Who looked a lot like Gregory Peck.)

 
At 4:48 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

When I was 10, I wanted to marry a cattle rancher and live in the Colorado Rockies, herding cattle and owning a lot of horses. My life is a far-cry from that. I live in a city of 17 million (Istanbul) and I'm married to a teacher. The only herding I do is of students from assembly to class, class to lunch, etc. LOL.

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You all have some really great dreams! When I sign books, I always put, DREAM BIG. I didn't realize how important that was for many years. And God had even bigger plans than I could dream!

And He does for you too. Keep reaching for them, friends!

 

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