What's Your CA Dream?

Fernando Barrios' California Dream

Over the last several weeks, we've asked Day to Day listeners to share their vision of the California Dream. Fame, health, satisfaction, blue sky or innovation—what defines your California Dream? Is the economy forcing that dream to change?

We'll be sharing your responses both on-air and here on Daydreaming. In this installment, Fernando Barrios tells of how a nightmare became a fondly remembered dream.

My CA dream started as a nightmare. I was uprooted at age 11 from my home in Mexico when my family moved to CA. For the first year or so, I literally woke up most mornings hoping I had been dreaming. But I wasn't.

Little by little, however, I began to embrace my new home, and before long I was loving life in CA more than I ever thought possible. For the next 22 years I truly loved where I lived and I do believe that I became the person I am today because I grew up in CA. I love the outdoors, I'm environmentally conscious, I care about what I eat and taking care of my body, I'm spiritual without being religious. The list goes on and on, and my wife always says I'm the stereotypical person from CA.

The problem now is that I'm not in CA anymore I'm in Boston, MA. I've been here for 9 years, and even though Boston has provided many opportunities for me and my family, and there are many things about New England that I embrace, there's not a day that goes by that my heart does not long for the place I call home-CA.

We visit family and friends often, and it's always bittersweet when we return to Boston. So for now my California dream is just that-a dream. Someday, I do hope to make this a reality, someday my dream will come true and I will return permanently to CA.

If you'd like to share your California Dream, use the contact page provided here.

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