Just Hangin' out in Florida!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End May 16, 2008

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Oh what to write? I've been procrastinating in writing something. It's not that I have nothing to say. I've been to the Magic Kingdom, read a book in one night, worked on my website. I have stuff I want to say. But for some reason I'm having a hard time getting this started. The weather hasn't helped much. Two nights ago it was the coldest it's been in Florida in 4 years. No snow. There wasn't even any frost on the truck in the morning even though it was below freezing. That's the day I went to the Magic Kingdom. The last day I could use the Disney passes. I have written 2 blogs, but they're posted on my website. Which you can't access yet. Soon...Maybe? Hopefully my web designers will post the stuff I've sent them soon. I've noticed a few minor problems that need fixing. It will be a slow process getting the pictures posted.
My expectations have been shattered quite a bit lately. I figured with the cold weather people would decide to do something else than go spend the day outside the day I went to Disney. But nope! I get to the Magic Kingdom parking lot and there are long line-ups, though people did decide to go later. Just when I went. Sweatshirts and Disney mitts were a hot item that day. I walked around the Magic Kingdom and took pictures. I watched the "Dream Along with Mickey" presentation that took place in front of the Castle. I also watched the "Main Street Family Fun Day Parade". My expectations were also shattered on New Year's Eve at Epcot. I figured with all the rain people would leave. But nope, they all stuck around. I've been wrong a lot lately.
I started working on my website last week. I started selecting the photos that I want to post on it. That made me start thinking. Having doubts again. I have some spectacular photos, but who's going to buy them? Can I make a living out of selling them? There are a lot of awesome photographers out there with amazing photos. Then I start thinking about the book I haven't started writing. There are over 200,000 books published every year. Very few are best sellers. How am I going to make a living? Reality check! Am I Dreaming?
The kids came for Christmas and we had an amazing time. They left and I'm alone again. I'm OK with that. I've met people and communicated online with others who wonder about me doing all this stuff alone. Disney is a family/couples/group place. How can I wander around by myself they ask? It's hard to explain how I feel at those times. Alone in a theme park with couples and families everywhere. Part of me would like to be with someone else, but mostly I observe what's happening around me and it makes me happy. I smile. I see these little girls in their Princess outfits and I remember I've been through that period with my girls. I see the little boys, their eyes, wide in amazement as they see one of the Disney Characters. It's a Happy Place and it makes me happy. I seem to experience more when I'm alone.
On New Year's Eve at Epcot when midnight came about and everybody was embracing and cheering I looked on and smiled. It felt good being on the sidelines watching all this Happiness. I think it's part of the experience that we all should go through. We should all experience being alone some time. Really alone, because even in being physically alone we never really are. When we really listen to our heart we can feel the presence of all those who love us. The thing is that when we have friends and family around us we tend to forget to listen to our heart. There's a physical presence but the emotional presence is missing.
Disney promotes the idea that it's the place Where Dreams Come True! Watching the Dream Along with Mickey presentation I felt something Magical. Observing the crowds, adults and kids alike, I could feel a Magical presence envelop everyone. Children see things in wide eyed amazement. Disney brings out the kid in all of us and I think that's a good thing. If only there was a way to perpetuate that feeling when people return to the outside world. Make them forget about the stresses of life. Stresses that are often self-induced based on fear. I talked with a lot of "Cast Members", (Disney staff) and observed even more of them. They all looked like they were enjoying themselves. Why can't we all have jobs where we can enjoy ourselves? Have fun!
  I've never been a crowd person. I hate waiting in lines. Being around screaming kids has always frustrated me. I walk fast and always want to get somewhere and have stuff to do. But I've changed. It's the busiest time at Disney and there are a lot of people. Screaming kids. Slow walkers. Wall to wall people. But it didn't bother me one bit. For some reason I was just enjoying myself through all this. I had a great time at Disney.
When the kids where here Katrine was reading a book called The Alchemist  by Paulo Coelho. A friend of hers had lent it to her. She finished reading it and for some reason the book sounded familiar to me so I asked her if I could keep it to read. I didn't know what the book was about or why it sounded familiar. Had I seen it advertised? Did I read a book review? It took me a while but I might have figured out where I might have seen the title of the book before. My friend Monique's website has it listed as a must read book. So we might have talked about it at some point in the past. I've been reading Darwin's Origin of Species book. It's quite interesting but reads like a dictionary. So I needed a change. I took The Alchemist out and started reading it last night. At 160 pages it's not overly large. I finished reading it before going to sleep. It is an amazing book. Originally written in Portuguese by the Brazilian writer it has been translated into 56 languages and has sold over 20 million copies. The book is written as a fable of a young man who travels from Spain to the Pyramids of Egypt on a Journey to find a treasure that ends up being within him. He is on a Journey to follow his Dreams.
This past week I've been watching the Bourne trilogy DVDs. I received the one DVD as a Christmas gift and purchased the first two DVDs in the series on Christmas day when we went to Virgin Music in Downtown Disney. As a teenager I had read most of Robert Ludlum's novels. I enjoyed/still enjoy reading spy thrillers. In the extra material on one of the DVDs they had a biography and interview with Robert Ludlum. What I didn't know was that he didn't write his first novel until he was in his 40s.
I went to Paulo Coehlo's website and read his biography. Though he wrote The Alchemist when he was 40, it didn't become a best seller until he wrote and published his next novel a few years later.
Though I've been having my doubts this past week about the possibility of success about the path I am currently following, the coincidences lately plus the message written within this book I have just read reaffirms my conviction that what I am doing is right. I do recommend that you all read this amazing book. Disney may be the place Where Dreams Come True, but when you really want something and listen to your heart, the whole Universe conspires to help you realize that dream, without the visit to Disney.

The Alchemist reminded me of what I know but have forgotten. We all need reminders once in a while.
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