This month Magpies and Ladders celebrates its first birthday. Had someone told me just a few years ago that I would have a successful blog, which thousands of you have visited in the first year, I would never have believed you. I am truly grateful for all the support I have received, it has taken my breath away.
When I started writing this time last year I had no idea what I was doing. Having successfully navigated through the technical challenges I held my breath and wrote about the first thing that came up. I had no idea where it would lead I just knew I had to go for it. Isn’t that what life is all about, letting go and taking a leap of faith. Surely doing something is better than doing nothing at all.
We quote inspiring statements, secretly dreaming of the things we wish we could do and the lives we want to live. We so often make excuses. There’s no time. No money. It’s too scary. But, what are we really waiting for? Circumstances will always conspire against us in one way or another. Maybe there is never enough time or money. However, if we really believe that then do we not become victims of our own making?
Life really is what we make it. I see it everyday. Incredible people are not just chasing their dreams but living them. Why can’t you too? Things don’t necessarily turn out how we expect and life frequently changes its path for us all. Imagine for a second that you were living everyday doing what makes you happy. Nice, huh? What can you do today to start to make that happen? Imagine all the barriers melting away along with your fears. You can do anything you want.
Seven years ago I planned a trip to South East Asia. I had everything mapped out. It never happened. Life changed direction. I was still ill. It was not my time. Today I am flying out to Vietnam to spend a month travelling with a best friend throughout the country and Cambodia. It really is a dream come true. I never let go. I knew that seven years ago was not the right time but that I would get there one day. Now is my time.
Through the extreme highs and devastating lows of my life I have never given up on my dreams. From a First Class Honours degree to a job I love, and from seeing the world to a happy home. And, here I am today writing this and preparing for a new adventure. I am adamant that it is my belief in life being what we make it that has got me here today. I believe that all of us can live the lives we dream of.
Come what may, your life is the life you choose. Enjoy it!