I live in a world of dreams. I have dreams of making it far in my career. I have dreams of telling stories nobody else has told—stories that matter and make a difference. I have dreams of having a family and living a long, happy life next to person who understands and loves me just as I love and understand them. But these are dreams that many people have. They are dreams that can be snatched away in an instant. I spent my Saturday covering walks—the second along the shore for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Huntington Beach. I watched people mourning over loved ones they’ve lost, heard stories of sadness, and witnessed thousands gathering to support each other. I saw the light at the end of the darkness. Life gets hard and I’m sure it will get harder at some point, but it’s up to each individual to choose how to live life. I hope that my actions today and tomorrow serve as steps in the right direction. I hope that I am strong enough, not only to get through those hard times when they come, but help others when their dreams shatter. I hope that we can all dare to dream bigger than ourselves.
Nov. 2, 2013
Huntington Beach, Calif.