By the time the second semester of my Senior year in College came around, I had already been to four concerts. In April of 1995, Elton John and Billy Joel did the Face to Face Tour. This worked out perfectly because some of my College friends were huge Billy Joel fans and he was playing with Elton so we had a road trip!!!!
Lesson #1: Coming in late from attending a concert and then having to get up really early to start Day 1 of student teaching is not exactly a great way to begin a process that is vital to obtaining my teaching degree but sometimes, when you are chasing a dream, these decisions have to be made. Sacrificing sleep would be just the first of many lessons I would learn about pursuing a dream.
“each day I learn just a little bit more, I don’t know why but I do know what for…”
Lesson #2: NEVER again buy tickets in the “nosebleed” section of a venue. Goodness that is TOO far away! I am certain that the price was right for my meager college student budget but by this time I was no longer satisfied with just being in the same space as Elton John. I wanted to be close to him. My goal of attaining a front row seat become stronger the farther away my seat was for the show.
Lesson #3: There must be priorities in chasing the dream. I realized that time wasn’t exactly on my side and a sense of urgency was beginning to emerge. It was no longer “good enough” just to be there. The more I pursued the dream of wanting to meet Elton in person, the more the passion to make it come true started to take root.
“…if we’re all going somewhere. lets get there soon…”
I didn’t really have a plan but I did have just the right amount of stubborn Irish and strong-willed determination to think I could actually, one day, make this dream a reality.