We all have dreams and aspirations. Some are attainable, with a bit of hard work. Others are more unlikely to happen without a bit of luck. Others still are almost impossible to achieve. Here are five things I want to do (but probably never will).
Write and stage a Broadway MusicalOK – my secret’s out. I actually like musicals, and I watch the Tony Awards every year on telly. I have to admit, I’m not a real big fan of modern musicals. My taste leans towards classics like The King And I and My Fair Lady – and anything by Sondheim. I don’t want to write a classic all-singing all-dancing, chew the scenery musical. I want to write something more unusual and unexpected, like this year’s winner of Best Musical, Once. I have enough music in my personal song-book to form the basis of a musical. All I need is a story, some lyrics, a book… and a hot-shot Broadway Producer. Who’s going to be in this with me! Anyone?!
Write for a sketch-comedy programI’m very fussy when it comes to comedy. Stand-up comedy bores me to tears. Sitcoms leave me feeling dirty. But I love sketch-comedy programs. Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, The D-Gen, Fast Forward and Full Frontal, The Micallef Program. I like absurdest sketch-humour more than satire. Strange people in normal situations or normal people in strange situations. Ideas for comedy sketches pop into my head all the time. If only I had a show and some great comic actors who could bring them to life!
Direct a movie
There are two books that I would love to bring to the world of cinema. The first is The Dancers At The End Of Time by Michael Moorcock. It is the story of the last of the human race, immortal and omnipotent, and their adventures at the end of time. It would be an amazing CGI adventure romp with imagery that would make Terry Gilliam blush. I can see it in my head. I know what it would look like.
The other film I want to make is Arthur C Clarke’s The Songs Of Distant Earth. This is a much smaller story about an encounter between some early space colonists, and the people of the last ship ever to leave earth. It is a sweet and tender story about human relationships, and the relationships between parent/child cultures. Again, I can see the movie in my head.
If only I had someone who would trust me with a few hundred million dollars… anyone?
Spend a year in AntarcticaPeople who know me well will tell you how much I hate travelling. I hate airports and planes and hotel rooms. If I never have to leave Sydney ever again, I will be a happy man. Except I’ve always wanted to spend a year in Antarctica. I almost got a job with the Australian Antarctic Division when I worked in Hobart in my early 20s, but that’s as close as I have ever got to fulfilling that dream. Realistically I would never have made it to Antarctica. I don’t have the right qualifications… heck, I don’t have any qualifications. And I have to be honest, now I’m in my late 40s, I probably don’t have the inclination to get the right qualifications. I think I’ve missed the window of opportunity for that adventure.
Travel to another worldWell, this one will never happen. When I was a young boy watching the Apollo Moon Landings, I was convinced that by 2012 there would be space colonies on The Moon and Mars, and big 2001 style space-stations. But it never happened. I suppose I could buy a flight on Richard Branson’s space-plane, but it just goes up and down – it doesn’t even go into orbit. That’s not space-flight, that’s just a trip to the shops. No, I want to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no man has gone before. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to watch the reruns.
What dreams of yours do you think will never come true? What do you secretly want to achieve before you kick the bucket?
John James has written 203 posts.
JJ is a blogger who is bored with traditional opinion blogging. He is a co-founder and editor at KiKi & Tea. He also represents the grumpy middle-aged man demographic on KiKi & Tea. He is a writer by trade and a frustrated rock star / crime fighter by night, and blogs about music at newmusicrevue.com.
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