I decided this year that after 27 years of doing the same things the same way that I'd become a new person. Do things like it was my last day on earth, experience life for all I could milk it for instead of just talking about doing it "one day". I decided life isn't just for the fortunate, or the rich, or the lucky, every day is a new beginning for us no matter who we are and a new chance to spread our wings and fly away. For a day, for a year, or for a lifetime, there's no moment quite like the moment you feel your wings spread for the first time and realize how much you can do with the world around you, and how far you can fly.
This year I drove from Los Angeles to my grandfather's old home in Walker Minnesota, then back down to Chicago and in 11 days I recorded 3,050 miles. It was everything I'd ever hoped it could be. Now I just can't wait to go back, and when I've finished my plan for my job, I'll be seeing all these cities and more. I was hired as a temp with no college degree, but when I'm done the job I'll have no one else will. Everywhere there's a Wal-mart, I'll soon see. Never stop chasing your dreams, never stop spreading your wings.
Shot taken of an owl sculpture beside the Fox River in Downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin.