"WHERE DO YOU WISH TO GO?"
Well, I have to admit, my first thought upon pondering this prompt
was to craft an answer involving something deep and introspective,
"I wish to
GO with the flow...
GO where my heart leads me...
GO above and beyond..."
Somehow, although those are all worthy and valid places to want to GO,
I kept hearing this insistent little voice growing louder
in my head and heart
about where I really, Really, REALLY
want to GO...
This voice started making itself known and heard to me some years ago,
but I basically brushed it off,
even laughed at the preposterousness of it.
Regarded it as a mere dream,
not even a "maybe someday",
but rather an "if only"
or a "in my next life"
It was not just an inprobability
but an impossibility.
But lately, that voice is growing louder,
And there are "signs" now too
Things that keep crossing my path
Coming into my reality
Being discovered and shared with me
Little hints that the Universe is listening
It knows my dreams and desires
It knows my heart
It not only knows what I want
But believes it possible
And in fact, WANTS me to have what I desire
To live my dreams
To make my wishes come true
To GO where I long to GO
If only I were to believe it as well
So here is my public declaration
My wish cast to the Universe
I WISH TO GO
Yes, to PARIS, FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!
To swoon at the Eiffel Tower, to hug a gargoyle at Notre Dame,
to lose my mind (and likely all my francs!) at Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt
(Paris' most famous flea market-a collection of 2,500-3,000 open air stalls & shops...OMG!OMG!OMG!),
to sip (probably not-great!) coffee at Cafe de Flora, to savor fine wine at Legrand Filles et Fils...
and to just do & do & do!
& go & go & go!
& explore & explore & explore!
& marvel & marvel & marvel!
& see & see & see!
& shop & shop & shop!
and wear sweet little dresses and eat bon bons and aquire an accent
and take a jillion and six photographs...
and just soak in the grand romanticism that is
This wish, when it hit me, rather slowly, but surely, some years ago,
kind of took me by surprise...
I have always said that I am completely satisfied and content
with close-to-home exploration
I can find adventure and sights worth seeing
on a walk down the street,
or a drive to the next county,
or in the ocean town in Florida which has been my second home since I was a young child
and I have visited dozens of times already.
I never felt the need to travel abroad, or to exotic locale or to see the seven wonders of the world.
I already had a list a mile long of places in these United States which intrigued and beckoned me.
But that secret little wish
that little "if only"
that growing louder voice,
whispering in my heart...
can no longer be ignored.
And I don't intend to ignore it any longer.
Where do YOU wish to go?...
Happy Me-Laurie Z!