Live your dream
Organized by: Laurie Birdsong
February 12, 2016
EVENT DATE Mar 08, 2016
When my friend Mitzi told me about the excursion they were putting together to kayak the cays in Belize for a week, snorkeling, diving, and camping on the atolls, then sailing for 3 days around the southern cays, I knew I wanted to go. But there was no way I could go, lacking funds and taking time off work, unless some sort of miracle happened.
I texted Wendy who just started a new job working for an airline. It was Martin Luther King Day and Kim and I were taking the kids on a hike on this grey rainy Monday. I noticed she had a pack of angel cards in the side pocket of her car door. Being one who always welcomes visits from angles, I picked two cards.
"Two?" Kim asked.
"Yes" I said "I like to pick two to see how they play off each other."
I read the cards, "Adventure" and "Responsibility".
Just then I received a reply from Wendy that yes, she had a plane pass for me!
Wow! the timing was wild. This is the dilemma I thought, to have an adventure or to be responsible.
I felt an inner excitement growing deep in my belly. For several days after, I vacillated between throwing worries to the wind and Going for Adventure or sticking to the home plan Responsibly putting in my hours to keep roof overhead and food for kids.
When I told my 16-year-old son about the plane pass and my hesitation in leaving him he said,
"Mom, its the chance of a lifetime! I think I will be ok for 2 weeks!" The way he said it, I had to agree.
After the divorce two years ago, I set out to learn the art of massage. With the generous support of family and friends I made it through school and received my practitioner’s license.
I am thoroughly enjoying this art of healing touch and am somehow getting by financially (without any support from my former husband). I made the move to a house big enough for my three boys and rent out one of the rooms while my youngest son and I share a room. Every month I work hard to pay the rent and provide for my boys.
So this really is a stretch to think I could go to Belize. The chance of a lifetime for this Hawaii raised girl to live her dream. Having grown up in the warm ocean, body surfing, boogy boarding, scuba diving and sailing, this trip is better than I could have imagined.
Gifted with the wings of flight, how could I not go? Only that the funds for the trip would somehow have to, by grace, evolve.
I told my brother Scott, who still lives on Oahu and has been surfing more years of his life than not.
"Of course you need to go!" he said and relayed the possibility crowd funding.
So, here I am with an open heart, totally depending on grace and magic and perhaps the help of others. This is a dream of a lifetime, one that I will pay forward for years to come.
Could it possibly be that adventure begets responsibility?