Updated: Feb 2, 2021
This past Thanksgiving I thought about my 10th great-grandfather, William Bradford, who came over on the Mayflower and served as Governor of the Plymouth colony. Their Thanksgiving was one of survival. I am thankful for the path they paved for me to pursue a life I want to pursue. I am in awe of their bravery with literally their entire future unknown. I would need a few hundred years of research and proven models prior to making that trek, that's for sure. I can't even fathom spending one night on the Mayflower much less crossing the Atlantic Ocean in it! They did it though because they were passionate and believed in what they were doing. They knew that living the life they were living wasn't right for them and they deserved a better, different future. Our great Nation is now filled with so many stories like this, people doing everything they can to live out their version of the American Dream.
You know that saying, "When one door closes another door opens but it's miserable in the hallway?" I've been trapped in that hallway numerous times and I sort of feel like I'm stuck again with COVID behind every door. While you're stuck in that hallway it's difficult to see those experiences in a positive light because you feel that you're not where you are supposed to be. That's ok. Life isn't always going to be perfect but the experiences along the way shape who we are and the path we choose for ourselves. Whatever you are passionate about, go after it. There will be doors slammed in front of you, roadblocks, hurdles, and "failures" along the way because these are the life experiences you are meant to have along your journey.
We all dream differently and we find strength to pursue our dreams from sources that are just as unique as we are. I'm not saying you have to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the Mayflower to validate that you are experiencing life to the fullest. What I am saying is that you shouldn't settle - life is meant to be experienced. Wherever your journey takes you, make sure it's your journey and not someone else's. Remember to always, Be You.