As I ran around town this morning picking up party food and such for tomorrow, I thought all about who influenced us in our dream and who we, in turn, influenced as well. We have all been there, you see someone achieving a goal, you watch someone cross a major finishing line, or receive an award. Its in that moment, that even though we don’t even realize it, a seed has been planted. You always had the dream, the want, the goal… but maybe you just needed that extra “push” to accomplish it. I feel sometimes we “know” we can do it, but we are just too afraid to try. Let’s talk!
I would have to say that we always had the dream and the desire, but as we all know, life just gets in the way. Craig was laid off a couple of years ago, so once we got a job, you get to play catch up on the bills and savings. It always seemed like we had some time of obstacle, at one time or another. Now, you CAN overcome any obstacle, but sometimes God places them there are mere reminders that maybe you just need to wait for a but until the timing is right. It’s the accepting part of that, and that is the toughest to take.
Who influenced us? I would have to say Walt Disney himself, and a close second, would have to be Mr. Lou Mongello himself. It is literally contagious to watch someone do so much with their lives and think to yourself “Why can’t I do or have that?” Here is the answer, YOU CAN!!! We were so impressed with Lou’s love of WDW and his passion for something, that we, ourselves, fell in love with over and over again. Listening to his podcasts, seeing his videos, reading his books, and of course… once we met the guy, it was love at first sight! LOL It has been exciting to watch our good friends realize their dreams in FL and make them work, that it gets us even more excited to get there.
Nothing warms our hearts more then when someone emails us, comments, or talks to us on Facebook about how we have influenced them. I think, me? Us? Really? I will never forget a certain dinner with a certain couple at Applebees where we went on and on about how excited we were… not more than 24 hours later a certain someone emailed us that they were moving their move date up to this year. We were so honored that we had impacted someone’s decision like that- we were honestly just sharing our joy, who knew the power it had?
I still giggle to myself at what a Disney geek I am… WHAT is it about that place that makes my pulse race? I can look at Spaceship Earth, especially at night, and feel so much joy. I turn that corner around on Main Street and when I see that Castle… it brings tears. I can stand in the line of “Soarin” and just soak it all in… even during the longest wait. I can’t even imagine the first Character picture I get after we move there… it will be so magical. Maybe they pump joy it into the air like the smells? LOL I don’t know what it is…but this family has caught the Disney bug, and I see no cure in sight. 1 week from today we will be driving towards our dream. Wow.