A Dream That You Wish Will Come True
Last week I took a much needed vacation with my family to Disney Land! I had never been before, and I must say it was just as exciting being an adult as I imagine it would be as a child. You walk from the streets of Anaheim into a magical world where there is music playing every moment and the environment around you is perfect! It is a world perfectly translating these imaginary tales into silly, goofy reality. For a week I was a kid again!
Even on vacation, training was always on my mind. On several occasions I woke up bright and early, when the rest of the Park Sheraton was still sleeping, and snuck down to the empty pool. It was always calmly waiting for me to jump in and create the days first ripples. I love swimming in an empty pool. Who doesn't? It makes me feel powerful...like the pool and I have a secret. From time to time I swim as if I am dancing, going here there and everywhere! This particular pool was L shaped. In order to get the longest lengths I swam diagonally, from the start of the L to the end. This meant a little less room to dance, but it was still fun.
The pool was locked over night so I couldn't get in quite as early as I had hoped. My alarm would go off at 6:55 and by 7:00 I would be at the gate - earlier than the person who comes to unlock the gate. By the end of my weeks stay they got the hint and began opening shop promptly at 7am, like they were supposed to. I would swim for only about 40 minutes before the boys woke and we'd walk to the park. These swims were shorter than most of the ones I've gotten in at Kits Pool lately. It was, however, a nice change of scenery and a nice injection of positivity.
I will admit...I believe Disneyland is a magical place! Seeing the unbelievable and imagining it all came from the dreams of one man decades ago reminded me of the power of the individual. Walt Disney wasn't changing the world through science or politics, but he created a land of possibility that is internationally cherished. I imagine that most people leave those cute white gates feeling that they are on top of the world. I did. I have more recently been wondering if I have taken on too great a physical challenge. I worry I am not making a great enough impact for the MS Society and those they advocate for. My week with my inner child has reminded me that I am only one person, but I can be as powerful as I want to be. I want to create positive change for the MS Society. Not for me, but for the community that has touched me. My body just so happens to be my tool and yes, I am giving it a great test. I believe I can complete this swim. Just as I believe there will be a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and similar demyelinating diseases, like NMO.
In the words of the Fairy God Mother...
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come shining through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
A dream that you wish will come true