I took this photograph on Sunday evening as the sun set in Paris. I wanted the photo as a reminder of what I was feeling as we looked out across the Seine River at the Eiffel Tower:
Dreams do come true… IF you make them.
I can take a while, it can take years, but you can make them happen.
I’ve wanted to travel to Paris for as long as I can remember, and though I’ve been blessed to travel a lot, it never seemed to happen. This summer, with lots of planning, deliberating, hard work and saving up, we made it happen. It took a lot of work: from booking tickets early, to getting the vacation days from work, to booking hotels, sacrificing weekend plans and any extra spending, planning sightseeing (I checked out about a dozen books from the Santa Monica Public Library to help plan the trip. The two that I found mostly helpful and recommend are: Lonely Planet Paris and Rick Steves’ Rome), planning logistics, finding a dog sitter… It consumed most evenings for weeks. It took a lots of time and energy, and it was worth all of it.
It didn’t just happen. Nadim and I didn’t just land in Paris all of a sudden. We made it happen (and I’m incredibly grateful to have had all the resources to do so this year, please don’t get me wrong).
I wanted to remember how empowered I felt standing on that bridge in Paris after our magical 12-day vacation in Europe: Dreams do come true… IF you make them happen.
Because it surely applies to almost everything else.