Throughout my young life, I have come across many fantastic places but only a few have been deemed favorites. One spot stands out in particular but I’ve only been to it once and don’t exactly know its location... You may be thinking, how is this possible? This place is what I called the fern gully. A secluded spot in the woods surrounded by lush green trees, where spray from the nearby flowing river creates a damp, mossy ground that feels like you're walking on clouds. On the other side of the flowing water, a wall of rock shares its home with old mans beard entangled through its many cliff faces. A man made sauna sits along the river, like a wooden submarine, hidden in the forest. I was blindfolded upon arriving, to ensure the safety of the map to this hidden gem. Yes, it sounds like a dream, but it exists. To my point, dreams exist, the unknown exists, the fear exists, and the curiosity continues.
Don't be afraid of the unknown. See its presence and approach it with less fear.
I think we all need to hear this more : IT IS OKAY to not know, not know where we are going because that is what life is for; a search and discovery for answers.
Don’t be discouraged by the ‘time’ it takes to find them.
Don't compare yourself to others; we are all on our own path.
“It is our brush with [ourselves] that drives us not to limit our conversations to humans, not to limit our most splendid movements to dance floors, nor our ears only to music made by human-made instruments, nor our eyes to “taught” beauty, nor our bodies to approved sensations, nor our minds to those things we all agree upon already.”
Take your mind where it needs to go to find that dream. Have the courage to stand and see it without looking away. Be unafraid to shed a tear in the process, “tears not only represent feeling but are also lenses through which we gain an alternative vision, another point of view.” One step at a time, one day at a time and you will get there. It will not happen in a day, it may take more time than you wish, but know every effort you give to yourself and your dreams will always be worth it. No matter where you are in your life, age is just a number, time is just more irrelevant numbers and you can choose to start your beginning at any moment along your path. Why not have more than simply one beginning? These are our chapters and our stories; creating the memories we take along for the ride that drives us towards our destinations.
Three daily reminders: trust, gratitude and inspiration.
Trust in your breath, our source of life. Trust in the choices you make, they were made for a reason.
Gratitude knows no measure; there’s nothing too small for appreciation.
Inspire others, but more importantly inspire yourself.