Next week is the three year anniversary of when I made my list of dreams. As I reflect back on everything that has happened I'm in awe of how my life has changed. In three years time, I've lived in Florence, experienced true gluttony, lust, and joy. I've met an incredible group of friends that I'm grateful for every day. I've gotten to skate in a National skating competition, found the skating coach of my dreams, and learned how to give my heart to everything I do. I've attended private parties in Napa, learned to salsa dance, ridden the world's tallest roller coaster, and soared over the world in a hot air balloon. I've flown like a bird on a hang glider, met strangers who invited me into their home so I could make my dream of seeing Vancouver come true. I've seen plays in London and had a friend spoil me rotten by making my dream of seeing Beauty and The Beast come true. I bought my home outright, was given amazing bedding, bought a diamond ring for myself, and a new car. I've traveled around the world, learned more about myself than I could've imagined, slept in a palace, and have fallen in love with the world, myself, and life. I've learned photography and created a website so that I will have a diary of all that has happened. By sharing my journey, I've been able to inspire others to go after their own dreams. Not bad for three years. In that time, I've also had to deal with hardships: relationship ups and downs; a ruptured Achille's tendon that took surgery and seven months of painful therapy to heal; the death of my grandfather who was like a father to me; my family being torn apart and put back together; ridicule for what I'm doing; fear that I shouldn't be going after all my dreams and that I'm ruining my future life; and the fear that I won't be able to accomplish the rest of my dreams.
In this past year, I've spent hours working on this website and building its content uncertain why I'm sharing this journey with the world. I've thought about going back to speaking and realized that it wasn't what I desired. I was given the opportunity to start a new business and became a partner. I've worked incredibly hard on my fiction novel trying to accomplish my dream of becoming a published fiction writer.
There are many things I've learned along the way. The dreams that mean the most have nothing to do with material items; those things can be lost, stolen, destroyed, or damaged. The dreams that change me inside and make me realize how incredible life is really meant to be are the ones that I cherish the most.
If there is one gift that this journey has given me it's that I've learned I'm so much more than I believed I could be, and that no matter what pain or loss or even fear comes into my life, I'm strong enough to handle it. If I continue to focus on what I really want out of life, if I settle for nothing less than magnificence, than life will give me more than I could've hoped for and it will come in ways that blow my mind.
If you haven't already made a list of dreams, I implore you to do so. Your life will never be the same. Here's to another year of magic! Happy Anniversary to me.