“I’m telling this small astonishing tale of a kid from New Orleans, Louisiana with a dream to be a newspaper reporter who did it and lived his dream, because it occurred to me that not a lot of people make their dreams come true.” – Written By The Astonishing Kyle Jackson, and originally published here in The Astonishing Tales Digital Magazine
I Woke Up One Day And Said I Wanted To Be A Reporter For A Newspaper.
It was a long time ago, when I was in my teens. For the longest time, I had said I wanted to be a soldier in the Army – which ironically enough, was something I actually did end up doing.
I never dreamed of being an astronaut or the other things that most kids dreamed of. I didn’t even want to be President of The United States.
I guess maybe because I grew up in a household where we were glued to the news stations, and growing up in the 1980s and early 1990s, I realized being President was a tough job. Especially the campaigning.
So anyway, I switched my ambitions growing up, and wanted to be a reporter. Specifically a newspaper reporter. When I told my mother, she asked if I wanted to be on TV.
I told her I wanted to be a newspaper reporter, but I never said no to TV though. Not outright. But my dream and ambition was to be a reporter.
I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.
And then I did it.
Pretty cool right? How many people actually get a chance to do that? Be what you wanted to be when you grow up? I did. Did YOU? Really. Have you?
Just ask yourself, are you what or who you wanted to be when you grew up?
If not, why not? And what’s stopping you and how can we get you there?
Or more so, what do you need to do to get there?
For me, once I told my mother and family, my mother – the Astonishing Mom – made sure I read more newspapers, magazines, and gave me writing assignments to help me get used to writing.
From there, I went to college and studied journalism, leading to me becoming Freshman and Sophomore Class President in Student Government and then becoming the Editor-in-Chief of the university’s student newspaper.
I made sure to utilize it to help others to further their goals and dreams, and make it a true vehicle for news.
Hell, professors used to say I came to be an editor-in-chief in college and classes broke out, primarily because I was razor focused on the student newspaper, everything else be damned. Kinda true. Hey, your focus determines your reality right?
So, through all of that, it lead me to accomplishing my dreams of interviewing celebrities, U.S. Presidential candidates, rockstars and rappers – all before the age of 21. It was like a dream, to quote The Cure.
From there, I ended up doing freelance gigs, and landed a job at a Gannett-owned newspaper in Lafayette, Louisiana. All before the age of 23 (if my aging memory serves me right) I was a newspaper reporter.
So I succeeded. I accomplished my dream. So for you – and you’re probably wondering – what happens next? Well if you succeed, the next step is to maintain your dream, maintain your success.
And then from there, build on it. Make another goal, make another dream, and take all the success and consistency that got you there to succeeding at the first goal to make the next one work.
And always stay true to doing what’s right and being consistent. You do that and guide yourself with true and pure morality, ethics, and doing what’s right, you really can’t fail.
I’m telling this small astonishing tale of a kid from New Orleans, Louisiana with a dream to be a newspaper reporter who did it and lived his dream, because it occurred to me that not a lot of people make their dreams come true.
Well now, I’m making ALL my dreams come true. And other people’s dreams too. Why should I have all the fun?
So what’s stopping you from doing the same?
Whatever or whoever it is, ask yourself if it’s worth it.
And then proceed to making your dreams come true. Or don’t.
The choice is yours. So – what do YOU want to be when you grow up?