What Do You Want? (Part 3)

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The final installment in this series shows that in my case what I had been looking for had been there all along.  Do I hear a ruby slippers click?

Did you ever have something you loved as a kid?  A big plan for your very distant future that you dumped when you became a grown-up?

Well, not so fast, peeps…maybe you want to revisit that.

When I was a kid, I wrote a lot of poems.  They were simple poems for my mom, about trees, flowers or Mother’s Day.  They always rhymed.

When I got to high school English, I noticed something.   The poems did not rhyme.

Really serious poets would have none of that…e.e. Cummings or Emily Dickinson?  Pshaw!  So I tried writing like them.  Let’s just say that I didn’t wind up in the literature.  I gave it up.

I moved my creative talents to singing and acting.  As an adult, I was asked to sing at every family event.  I started taking familiar songs and writing personal parodies, which people loved.  Those rhymes would just pop out.

Then there arrived a desperate situation. It was my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.  For weeks my sister and I wracked our brains to create the perfect speech.  Blank.  Three hours before the event, as we were chuckling about their lives, two opening lines came to me.  They rhymed.  I said, “I’m going to hide someplace quiet and see what comes.”  Three hours later, I delivered a funny epic poem that had my parents and their guests laughing out loud.  My Seuss Muse had come to the rescue.

Most recently, I created a show in New York City, “The Goddess Revue”, an evening of song, dance and burlesque, while actually telling a story.  Well, I had the song, the dance, the burlesque, but the story line kept stumping me.  Four days before we opened, I forced myself to the computer, staring at the screen.  Suddenly it came pouring out, in rhyme!  It became a Seussical type musical! No, not the Broadway one…yet. 🙂  But all three performances have played to full houses.  Who knew?

Here’s the thing.  Our dreams and desires are not just random.  They are planted by the divine to guide us.  They may show up differently than we expected.  They may catch us by surprise, but don’t write them off, write them down.

When you were a child

Your dreams could run wild

‘Til someone said, “It’s just a whim.”

But now, all grown up, you can peek

where they hide.

Go ahead, and invite them back in.



bio2Karen Fitzgerald is a personal development coach and entrepreneur whose mission is to help guide top performing creative women make big changes in their life.  She is also a sought after public speaker, writer and performer and has written for the Huffington Post and has spoken at The Hay House.


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2 Responses to “What Do You Want? (Part 3)”
  1. Maureen says:

    I loved your inspirational story. Like you, I was saved by Al-anon. That was over 20 years ago. I went on to do many things since, including starting and running my own business, publishing a best-selling book and enjoying a very good and abundant life.
    Now I am 63 years old and need to get going again because not everything worked out as I had hoped. There has also been heartbreak along the way, but isn’t that part of life’s rich tapestry?
    My problem now is that I am tired and lack the energy to get up and go all over again. Can you help me to get motivated again.?

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