“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”  Les Brown

I always dreamed that someday I would travel the world, that I would enjoy the freedom of retirement by exploring and experiencing something new . . . I’m starting to see that dream come true.  

I grew up thinking that life just happened and I was just a part of whatever happened around me.  I had no impact, or conscious choice to make something happen the way I dreamed they could.  I loved day-dreaming and imagining all sorts of great scenarios . . . life could be so glorious in my dreams!  However, since life happened to me I would never ever experience it that way.  Then I grew up, got married, had babies, lived life and matured and learned and matured some more . . . and over time I realized I did have control.  I did have choice . . . it really was up to me to create what I want out of life.  

This realization happened over a course of many years . . . and manifested in a way that was traumatizing to myself and my family . . . divorce and estrangement.  But then came healing and forgiveness and relationships that are stronger than they were before because I never lost sight of what is most important to me . . . the experience I want most in life – my family.  I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way, but I’ve also taken responsibility for those mistakes and live my life every day with a vision of what is important.  

And I see my dreams coming true before my eyes every day . . .