Once upon a time in 2007 a boy and a girl were graduating college. Neither one had any idea what to do next and where life would lead them. One day girl came home from class and decided that upon graduation she would move to Florida to pursue her dream of working for Disney World. Of course when she told boy he immediately decided he would join her. They had no jobs lined up and only had a place to live because girl’s mom’s friend had a house and hated living by herself so she was more than happy to have the two of them join her in Orlando. Labor day weekend, they loaded up girl’s Grand Am with whatever clothes fit, a TV and the cat and pointed the car south toward Florida and into adulthood.
I was telling this story to a coworker today and in the middle of it I had a realization… life as we knew it is over. This is not a bad thing at all, I am loving our new life, but it is the first time I think I ever realized that we have come into adulthood and there is no turning back. We not have more to think about than just the two of us and our dreams and passions. We have to make sure those dreams go along with our family plans as well.
Never again can we pack up a car with whatever we felt important and just move across the country. We would have to have jobs lined up, a secure and safe place to live within a good school district in case we ended up staying in that area until Lily went to grade school. We would have to financially plan every detail out with precision to make sure that we were never living with $5 in our checking account like we did so many times in Florida (but we never didn’t have the money for Disney tickets!)
That was one of the greatest times of our lives. A time where we literally worked just to have fun. We took a leap of faith moving to a city where we knew no one and came away with wonderful lifelong friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Taking risks and living out your dreams was something that my mom was big on and pushed me to do my whole life. If I fail at everything else, this is the most important thing I hope to teach my child. No dream is too big and never let ANYONE tell you that you can’t do it. If they do, get rid of them. My life would be a whole different story if I would have married my high school boyfriend who constantly crushed my ideas and my dreams and told me they were either stupid or just flat out weren’t happening. I would not trade our decision to take the chance that things would fall into place (and they did) for the world!
“If you can dream it, you can do it!” – Walt Disney
Our first day in Florida.