“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – David Frost
Today is July 7. Four months of traveling under my belt.
It was three weeks ago when it hit me. This sudden realization of what I want from my life.
I was standing on a riad’s rooftop terrace in Marrakesh, looking out at the medina, when suddenly, WHAM!
I know what I want to do with the rest of my life.
In my teens, I wanted to be a publicist, so I chased and chased and chased that dream. In my 20s, I lived that dream.
When I turned 30, I realized after working at firm in Atlanta, this isn’t what I want. I don’t want to tout people or companies I don’t believe in.
So, I set off on this adventure. I expected to learn more about myself, but I didn’t expect to find myself.
But, on that rooftop, I did just that.
It was the first time in my life I wasn’t striving for something. I was not trying to be successful. I was simply trying to be ME.
“Just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
I love traveling. I love waking up and not knowing what today … tomorrow … the next week will hold. I love the feeling of being free.
So, success will come from doing what I love.
I have been very fortunate the past few months and have been on some press trips (courtesy of Rwanda Development Board and Land of Valencia) and have loved every moment.
Like a ton of bricks, the realization came to me …
I want to do this for the rest of my life.
And, so now comes the hard task. I have to re-vamp my Web site until I can make enough money to get one designed all pretty for me. I have to write a lot more than I expected. When I get back to America, I have to find the time to get a job, make money, and write my book.
I know it’s not easy. I know it will take time.
But, DAMN, it feels good to KNOW what I want … that when I am 80, i will look back and know I LIVED precisely the way I wanted to.
DooSahnGeeRay. Salud. Saha wa’afiab. Sagligina.
18 thoughts on “A BRIEF intermission: Month Four – Realization and Action”
This post makes me SUPER happy.
Awww, it makes me even happier that it makes you super happy!! Can’t wait for your trip to start!!! xxx
This is encouraging,Go for what you need
CONGRATS on having such a powerful realization!!! I hope that you’re able to make all of your dreams come true.
those epiphanal moments are special! Hold on to your dream! I had one too when I was in Madrid and it was about teaching and realising how much I love it and how it can be my passport to adventure.
Those moments are so special, one-in-a-lifetime amazing. So glad you had one!!!
Congratulations, it takes some people their whole lives to discover what you’ve already learned.
Thank you Ayngelina! It only took 30 years 😉 How are your travels going? 🙂
Loved reading your article 🙂 Glad you had an epiphany on top of that roof.
Here are 2 more quotes I read somewhere: “Just be yourself, there is no one in the world better at it!” and “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
Hold on to that dream and you`ll make it! Good luck xo
Thank you love!! You are so wonderful and am so grateful you are in my life! Besos!
Your book should have a chapter about Germantown, MD. LOL or maybe Derwood!
I’m glad you had this epiphany, but I think I saw it coming! :o)
This post was inspired, and inspiring. It’s always encouraging to know that there’s more than one fulfilling path in this life. Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Thank you for the sweet comment, Daphne!!! xx
Cant tell you how happy this makes me for you! I am sooo happy you are living your dream. Selfishly, I miss my D, but I’m sure am having fun living vicariously.
Thank you so much honey! I miss you too. Glad you are living vicariously. When I get home, I have to come down to ATL and figure out my storage stuff … so we will have a reunion at Park Tavern. Just with less bottles of wine. Love you!
Excellent! Fantastic! I’m glad to heard you’ve found IT.
Thank you Garrett!! Me too.