For today’s prompt of “Brownie Points”, my mind started with the definition of receiving an imaginary reward for good deeds, but it’s tough to sketch something invisible. Then my mind leapt to chocolate brownies, and made a huge leap to an ice cream sandwich, so we have a quick sketch of that in the end. Since it is unseasonably hot here today, summer memories of chasing after the ice cream truck as a kid came flooding back to me. If I’d finished my homework, chores, and been generally good, I’d get a physical reward in the form of a few coins from my mom. The next step was to rush madly out of the house screaming and running, stopping only to pause and listen for the familiar ding and music to try to guess the precise location of the ice cream truck. If you stayed in one spot, there was no guarantee the truck would drive down the street on which you were eagerly waiting. This was long before the days of apps and geolocation so running in all directions hoping the sound of the familiar ding and music would grow closer to you in the process was all we could do back then. And, I loved the Neapolitan ice cream sandwich best. It was well worth all of the effort, because getting three flavors in one always felt like making the right choice.
These days, if I hear an ice cream truck, my heart starts to race and I have to stop myself from chasing after it. If nothing else, I’ve no idea if they take credit cards now and I need my change for the bus. But, that feeling of joy that came from the hunt of the ice truck and thrill of victory when finally getting that ice cream sandwich has never left my soul. In many ways, I live my entire life in this fashion. Chasing after little dreams that come to mind and letting them take me to the next little reward. They’re not giant and impossible dreams, just little things I’d like to try next. Well, that’s how I think of them anyway. And in doing so, they seem quite possible each and every time. Whether it’s starting a podcast or creating a book, in my mind, it’s just being that kid again, running to a new street, hoping to find that wonderful, and often elusive treat. It’s about listening to the little bell and music of my heart as it tells me where I should race to next in order to catch up with that dream. It’s not something I have to struggle to achieve, it’s something already out there I simply have to use a bit of courage to find.
There’s still a lot of dreams I’m pursuing in life. And letting each one lead me onward to the next one. My approach to life always makes me sound terribly optimistic, which I of course am, and just a wee bit crazy, which I might be as well. I’ve never really really understood how one measures crazy, but if normal is the alternative, I’ll gladly skip that. It seems a bit boring and drab. I like my world to be full of color and ripe with opportunities. Sure, it gets busy and sometimes too busy to keep up with everything properly. But, I do my best and always DO as much as I possibly can. Life is all about finding a good balance that brings joy. Not a perfect balance, as perfection doesn’t really exist. Nothing is perfect. Everything in the world is perfectly imperfect and that’s what makes life intriguing, unique and wonderful. What makes taking a bit of time to scribble, doodle, color in a sketchbook so much fun! So, I’ve no idea how many of my dreams I will manage to find before I die, but there’s a world of joy to be found in simply chasing after the ice cream truck.
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