This could not have come at a better time. Truly inspirational in every sense of the word! 🙂 This is for all of the people who’ve lost their way and need a little pick me up. Nothing is impossible!

 

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it!”

-Walt Disney

Strange Fruit

If you need some inspiration, watch this. To never give up, is a hard lesson to learn.

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One Step At A Time…

We all have dreams. I don’t think we’d be able to go about our daily routines without them. Personally, I have about 10  different scenes constantly playing and re-arranging themselves in my head. There’s one where I’m a lawyer, one where I’m a surgeon (but I’m terrified of blood), there’s a scene wherein I’m a teacher (because I absolutely LOVE kids), one where I live and work in Disneyland (because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to work in the happiest place on earth) AND… there’s even a moment when I see myself as an astronaut (zero gravity, space suit and all)

The world is filled with options. The question is… Which one is right? Which one reveals the real you?

I’ve gone around the block of panning out my future more often than most people. Some are lucky enough to have everything fall into place at the exact moment they need it to. I on the other hand, have had so many roads branching out into so many different side streets that it’s become a little difficult to figure out where it is I’m really suppose to be. As I get older, I become more knowledgeable. Not so much in an academic sort of way but more of actually knowing that when I screw something up, I should take every measure to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I guess in a way, I’m lucky to have been given a chance to get so many do-overs. Not everybody gets a 2nd chance to right a wrong.

“Mistakes are a part of life. They are a part of who we are and as such should not be thrown away or put aside just because they’re not as pretty as the other stuff”

-CVLS

 

At present, I am trudging through life looking for that place where I truly belong. I’ve always had an idea of where I wanted to end up; I just need a little more drive to actually get there. 🙂 Here enters my secret dream. One which I’m not fully inclined to divulge just yet but, give me a couple more days to think it out and I’ll tell you. 😀 This is a dream I can’t seem to shake no matter how hard I try. Sometimes I find myself thinking… maybe I can’t shake it off because it’s the path I’m really suppose to take… but then again… WHO KNOWS??!!

Now, we shall just have to wait and see where life will lead a vagabond like me. C’est la vie mes amis!!! 😀

No one is You-er than YOU!

You know those moments when you’re just so down in the dumps that you feel utterly lost and completely resigned to what fate has in store?  Those moments when you feel like you can’t sink any lower but you suddenly realize that, “Hey, there’s still the Earth’s core to sink to. Why not drop even lower? “

We’ve all been there. You want something so much but it seems like the cosmos are conspiring against you. Moments like that aren’t even worth looking back on and you just want to forget and move on.

Life is bound to suck at some point. Not only is it a nuisance but it’s also, unfortunately, unavoidable. These are times when you really have to choose between wallowing in self-pity (with puffy eyes and a blotchy face) or dusting yourself off and trying again.

If you want something bad enough, you’ll storm heaven and earth to get it done. At the end of the day, the only person you really have to face is yourself. You choose to live your life the way you want to. No one else can make the important decisions for you.

Allow your life to overlfow with dreams

At the end of the day, if you work your ass off,

those dreams may just become your reality… 😀

 

Not a lot of people get it on their first try. Even the GREATS had their moments Once Upon A Time. 😀

 

DON’T QUIT!!!

 

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–

You may succeed with another blow,

Success is failure turned inside out–

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

-Edgar A. Guest

 

 

Tempting JAWS!

One of the biggest (and probably craziest) dreams I have is to be given the chance to swim in the ocean with one of these little guys…

 

CARIBBEAN REEF SHARKS

 

I don’t really care what specie I get to swim with. I just hope it’s nothing too teeny tiny like a Lollipop Catshark (Yes… I did my research! *clap, clap*… And for the record, I seriously doubt if you can put this shark on a plastic stick and cover it with sugar) and nothing too insane  like a Tiger Shark or a Great White (Although, cage diving with those two species is a whole ‘nother story) 😀

My Mom and my Grandmother both think I’m a little cooky in the head but hey… HOW COOL WOULD IT BE TO SWIM WITH SHARKS?! 😀 Yeah they’re meaties but I’m kinda hoping they choose something like a tuna or a seal instead of moi. Then again, they may just think I’m some sort of whale so there is a slight chance they’ll stay away. Haha. 🙂

To answer the question that I’m sure is running through your mind… No I’m not crazy. (Sorry to disappoint) I am, however, undoubtedly fascinated by these creatures. I think they are one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

I’ve actually come within touching distance of several Whale Sharks when I was much younger. I remember it being surprisingly gentle for something so unbelievably massive. If I were only older when that happened, I’d probably have a photo with these giants. *sigh*

 

WHALE SHARK

 

I’m sure most people (If not all) have a fear of sharks. I certainly do. I’m fascinated to no end by them but they still scare me to death. As I said earlier, I’m not crazy. If I were in the middle of the ocean and all I could see were blue waves and no bottom, my first instinct WOULD NOT be to jump into the water.

I’m not throwing safety out the window just yet people. Contrary to popular belief, I still have some sanity left in me 🙂 If AND WHEN I do get to swim with my little sharky friends, it’ll be with professional divers and most likely, it’ll be in some sort of group so that the sharks will have more options. KIDDING! 😀

What is living without a few risks right? 🙂

 

“Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or TAKE THE RISKS. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.”

– Philip Andrew Adams

 

Don’t let life pass you by. There are only so many chances that will be given. CHEERS TO ALL OF YOUR FUTURE ADVENTURES! 😀

 

MEET THE STAR OF JAWS - THE GREAT WHITE SHARK!!!

 

Stuck in Wonderland

There are so many things I wish I could do. The funny thing is most of them border on crazy or completely impossible. That’s the funny thing about dreaming; only you are able to set the limits of your mind. You control how far your thoughts wander and how real you perceive things to be. Sometimes, I just want to get away from all of it. Away from the hustle and bustle and the drama of my seemingly busy life and the problems that have arranged itself accordingly on a shelf in my head.  Basically, I want an escape from reality… even if it’s just for a little while.

I’m sure that most know the story behind the little girl who got lost in a dream and found herself in a topsy-turvy world where animals and flowers talk, decks of cards are people, creepy cats with a big grin appear out of thin air and the 364 unbirthdays are more important than that 1 birthday you have in a year. But even so, she was able to escape from this droning world into Wonderland. Hence began the story of little Alice Liddell, STUCK in Wonderland.

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

In my life, there are moments when I just sit and stare into space. Sometimes, my mind is a void. I think about absolutely NOTHING. I just am. Other times however, I am blown away by vivid pictures of places that in reality do not exist. It is a world I make to escape everyone… and everything. It may sound crazy but in a way, I think it’s magical. In reality, there will always be times when you feel like you can’t be yourself. Even if you say you can, instances occur wherein you will have to slightly re-invent yourself to fit in. In the real world, we sometimes feel trapped and limited to the norm. Jamie Paolinetti says, “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

We all need an outlet in life. For some, it’s music, for others it’s writing, reading or even cooking or sports; but for me it’s something much simpler. I don’t even have to exert so much effort, cash out on so much money or travel far away.  It’s all in my mind. See, it’s important for one to escape the harsh truth of reality. Wonderland is a means to get away from all the jerks and freaks that come in and out of our lives.  Truth be told, it’s always easier to hide behind a wall of protection; a place that has become your comfort zone away from reality. Sometimes, we feel so limited to what’s actually out there that we end up creating an alternate world. You portray a completely different life where you are able to freely express yourself. This world becomes a canvas where you are the artist and you have all the control. There are no qualms, no hesitations. I can conjure up creative situations that can be exciting as well as entertaining or scenarios that calm my frazzled nerves as well as speed up time whenever occasions threaten to make my dreary afternoons even longer, a daunting feeling of it lingering until eternity.  As they say, dreams are powered by the imagination where by entering an alternative world, one can be allowed to better convey who they truly are instead of living by a false concept of reality.

In a way, I think that everyone has their own version of Wonderland. It’s nice to get away.  But at the end of the day, reality will inevitably set in. Wonderland is beautiful. A place that is truly yours; but we must not forget to LIVE. In this life, we cannot change the cards we are dealt with. We can only hope that we strategize well and win in the end. A brilliant man by the name of Randy Pausch once said, “It’s not really about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself and the dreams will come to you.”

In retrospect, Wonderland isn’t as far away as people make it out to be. Sometimes, when I’m feeling stumped, I like to daze and liberate my mind.  After all, dreams are one of those rare things in this world that are FREE.  It has no limitations, no rules, no hindrances that exist unless you want them to.  So, with that…WHY SCRIMP?! Never lose that child-like wonder in you.  Whether you’re 7 or 97, Wonderland is always just a hop, skip and a jump away. So when you dream, dream beautifully and dream BIG.  Should you be so fortunate to get half your dream in this lifetime, then you can say you have hit the jackpot and reached the stars.  After all, how many could actually be so lucky that at the road’s end you are one of the privileged who will have lived your own “Happily Ever After”.

Note: I would just like to thank my cousin Tracy for helping me out with this essay. She helped piece together my thoughts. 🙂 Love you Trace! 😀