Mark Twain said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I have to agree with Mark Twain in that to live life to the fullest one needs to have dreams and follow their heart.
Looking back over the last year I’d say mission accomplished. As with most people celebrating New Year’s Eve I too have an opportunity to look back and gain experience to enhance the upcoming New Year. Hubby and I moved across country to follow a dream. Originally the dream was to move to the foothills of Tennessee’s Smokey Mountains when the children were in Junior High School. We never lost sight of our dream, although, it wasn’t a possibility at that time. We did however, make a minor change in location…instead we moved to the eastern side of the Smokey Mountains, where we settled in the foothills in North Carolina. Close enough to full fill the dream.
Life isn’t perfect, dreams don’t always come true within our timeline, some don’t come true at all, but the ones that you hang onto seem to come true. I feel doubly blessed in that our other dream came true too. We have a wonderful family. As parents we sometimes forget to say how proud we are of our children and grand children. That we admire the people they have become and are becoming. Although there is vast distance between us it is filled with love and the knowledge that nothing can separate our determination to maintain our close family bond. We love all of you and wish you each a goal, a dream come true and to be as blessed as we have been for the New Year.