Live Your Dreams

All our dreams can came true, if we have the courage to pursue them.  – Walt Disney 

Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.  – Les Brown 

We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.  – Jesse Owens

I Defeated the Demon

I have been plagued with reoccurring nightmares for years.  The nightmares are rooted in childhood traumas that caused me to develop PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder.

I dream that one of my abusers returns to victimize me again.  I try to call for help or to defend myself, but my attempts to stop the abuse fail.  The dreams may be slightly different, but the endings were always the same.  I become a victim again.

I spent years trying to hide from the trauma.  I tried to suppress the memories.  However, the past always returned and created havoc in the present.

For the last two years, I have been seeing an excellent therapist.  He helped me to be able to talk about what happened and taught me how to overcome my past.

The other night I had that same reoccurring nightmare, but this time it was different.  The abuser walked into my house, but I was no longer afraid.  I went up to him and told him to get out and never return.  I yelled at him and told him I would exposes him to the world.  I was going to tell everyone what he had done.  I will no longer keep his secret.

Eventually, the abuser left my house.  He was angry, but for the first time I saw fear in his eyes.  I finally defeated my demon.

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My Personal Legend

I just finished reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.  The book is about a young man seeking his personal legend (following his dreams).

While I was reading the book, I spent a good deal of time thinking about my own personal legend.

I enjoy reading, traveling, and seeking out unique adventures.  I also enjoy writing about my adventures, my life, and my thoughts on various subjects.

At this point in my life, I am able to do all these things.  The best part is I am able to spend more time with Gwen and take her with me on these adventures.

I feel like I am living my own personal legend.

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I really enjoyed this book and I give it an A+

My Bucket List Items

Some of the items on my bucket list are:

  1. Help build a Habitat for Humanity House
  2. Get a black belt in martial arts
  3. Ride in a hot air balloon
  4. Visit Area 51
  5. Spend the night some place haunted
  6. Drive a race car
  7. Milk a cow
  8. Cage dive with sharks
  9. Drive an 18-wheeler
  10. Try acupuncture
  11. Witness a snake handling service
  12. Learn to scuba dive

What’s on your bucket list?  Let me know.  Leave a comment below.