That didn’t come true.
That sounds weird, right? But in college, I had a very, very different life planned out for myself. I didn’t have any dreams of being a writer. I had no intention of getting my Master’s degree or starting up my own company. And I certainly never expected to find myself working at a summer camp. My dreams were way different, and if they had come true, I don’t think I’d have anything that I have today that is worth having.
I think there are experiences you’re supposed to have and people that are destined to be in your life. I believe that because I wouldn’t know three of my very best friends had my high school dreams come true, or had I not received a flyer in the mail about a small summer camp up at Lake Texoma. How weird is that? To think that that one little piece of paper kind of altered my destiny? It was a total whim, applying for a lifeguard/counselor’s position up there. But I did and I got the job. And because of that one little whim, that one little slip of destiny, I got to spend yesterday hiking with these lovely people (and puppies).
Every time I’m around them, I can’t help but think about how happy I am that I took that chance, followed that whim. We’re supposed to be in each others’ lives. That’s all there is to it. And that’s an awesome feeling.
I love having them, too, because we all enjoy spending time in beautiful places such as this… Straight out of a fairy tale.
Today, I am taking a break from blogging about all of MY stuff (let’s face it, it can get old) and instead will be talking about Snapdragons!
For those who have never heard of these adorable little critters, allow me to enlighten you. One of my best friends in the entire world, Hannah K. Alvarez also happens to be one of the most brilliant and creative peopl I know. She came up with an idea that inspires creativity and imagination in kids (and kids at heart) of all ages. Snapdragons are mix-and-matchable stuffed animals. Kids can create any kind of fantasy creature that they like.
In a world that is becoming increasingly logic-centric, kids desperately need a bit of fantasy, a little imagination, and Snapdragons are wonderful toys to achieve just that. Creativity needs to be encouraged. It’s how we develop new ideas, how we dare to imagine the unfathomable. Encourage your kids (or even just the kids in your life) to think outside the box (and yes, I know that expression is so IN the box, it’s a total cliche, but that’s not the point).
This wonderful and delightful project has just made its Kickstarter debut, so if you feel so inclined, hop on over and check it out! Even if you can’t donate, simply sharing and spreading the word is immensely helpful!
Thank you all so much!