When I was 18, I stopped schooling for a year and became a complete bum. It was during that time when I repeatedly watched a TV show called Steve O’Neal’s Remembering The Beatles on Channel 5. This was back in the early 1990s, when I suddenly got hit by Beatlemania — two decades too late. The show made a huge impact in my life. I fell in love with the legendary John Lennon and became fascinated with all things British. Someday, I told myself, I will go to London and walk down Abbey Road (a busy thoroughfare in London which is also the title of the Beatles’ 1969 album).
So much has happened since then. I came close to visiting London when I studied in Germany several years ago and applied for a UK visa while I was in Berlin, but then my passport was only valid for less than 2 months by the time I had saved up for the trip so my visa application was not granted. My dream trip to London remained just that — a dream. However, a couple of years later, I got married to my dream man who, according to some people, has a resemblance to John Lennon. Despite our considerable age gap, our mutual love for the Beatles’ music was one of the very first things that brought us together as friends. Perhaps he found it refreshing to meet someone as young as I was (back then) who was so crazy about the Beatles.
At the start of 2014, I resolved to make one of my dreams come true. A guest pastor in our church told us one Sunday to “visualize your dream and surround yourself with things that will remind you of it” and that’s exactly what I did. I bought a lot of stuff that will constantly remind me of my dream destination: books, notebooks, pens, mugs, t-shirts, a passport holder, a luggage tag, and many more. I read somewhere that if you envision your dream and wish for it, it will be given to you at the proper time. I requested my closest friend, Rodelyn, to give me this travel guidebook “Top 10 London” for my 40th birthday last March. On the first page, she scribbled this quote from C.S. Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Well, guess what? I’d still like to pursue my old dream. It’s been 22 years since I dreamed about it, maybe it’s about time I make it come true.
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney