I was thinking the other day about dreams come true. I lived so much of my life on the strength of my "someday" dreams that now that some of them are actually happening I feel a bit at a loss. Has this ever happened to you?
So I went back to my list of "to-do's" and "someday's" and realized that some of those dreams aren't really what I want to do any more. Skinny dipping in the Mediterranean for instance... that one's flown by (ok so I made that one up- but if I had thought of it...). Or backpacking around Europe, you get the idea...Still I had a list of majors.
Having a booth at an art fair was one of those. Ever since I was little and went with my mom to her craft shows I've wanted to do it. For years I visited the local art fair and imagined what it would be like to know that one of those white tented booths is mine.
Then just a few weeks ago I found what looks like the perfect entry-level experience for me. It's the Woodbury Lakes Art Fair and the cost was good, they were offering tent rental, and I could choose to participate on just Saturday. So I did it!
BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PREPARE for this. I've read books about craft fairs, I re-read the Crafty Superstar chapter on it, I've checked out the tips over on the Buzz blog, and feel like I have a basic idea of how they work. But still I don't know how to display my work, if I need lighting... I'm really hoping they have a wi-fi thing going so I can process credit cards. All these little details that I never thought about because I've never actually got this far.
What I expect to get out of this experience is well, actual experience. Dreams "coming true" means they lose that "dreamy" fog where reality doesn't infringe too much on your perfect scenario. Dreams are safe, stepping up and making those dreams a reality brings risk of difficulty and failure. But it also brings reward beyond imagining. Just knowing that you did something you've always wanted is hugely fulfilling. And it leads to either closure, or new dreams- I think it's worth the risks to find out.