At age 7, US rider Kent Farrington saw a pic of his mom on a horse and said he wanted one.
When his parents gave him a plastic horse, he cried. They asked what the matter was. He said "I can't go to the Olympics on a plastic horse!"
He knew before he came here what he came for. Not a wish or dream or a fantasy.
It's past tense; he "already knew." (These kinds of reports and others are explored in "Hacking the Afterlife.")