Last year my husband gave me a set of singing lessons for my birthday. I’ve always loved singing, but never had proper lessons, so I was very eager to start. When my teacher asked me to think of a favourite song to work on, I immediately knew which one it would be.
“I dreamed a dream” from Les Miserables has been a favourite ever since I heard it sung by Ruthie Henshall.It always moves me and evokes in me the deep desire to dream, despite circumstances. In Les Miserables, the character that Ruthie Henshall plays had every reason to give up. It seemed as if everything was against her, yet she held onto her dream, which sustained her and gave her hope.
It’s exciting to see the dreams of my children being realized as they grow up and I hope that as their mother, I nurture them and do all in my power to help them attain those dreams.
For me I have done many of the things that I dreamed of when I was younger and at middle age am now reassessing my future. What will give me strength and hope as I venture into the second half of my life? I believe it will be my continual ability to dream. No one can take that away from me, but without it I wouldn’t know where I was going.
The story of Les Miserables helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get on with dreaming my own dream. Already some of that is being realized, making life all the more fun and full of surprises. I would highly recommend this brilliant production. Read about it here.