When I was a kid, I learned that the state bird of Missouri was the bluebird. It immediately became my goal to view one, however, they seemed rather elusive where I was living. A bird with a blue exterior and an orange belly was certainly exotic to me at the time and I was sure that if my home state had deemed it an official inhabitant, then I would get to see one. This spawned a short-lived obsession in bird watching. It didn’t last long because my attention span was far too short to sit and wait for birds to make an appearance, but I kept at it for a brief time. Yet in all my fevered attempts to track down the elusive bluebird I would always end up coming home feeling a failure. I don’t actually recall ever seeing one back then. This only made the fascination with them grow over the years, so when I was an adult and finally saw one land near me, my heart nearly stopped. Through all my fevered dreaming it was the precise equivalent of setting eyes on a unicorn. I’ve no idea if I truly have a favorite bird, but in that magical moment, this was definitely the one.
Birds have always be a particular fascination for me. As a little kid, I used to dream of flying. I even tried flapping my arms really fast thinking I could actually take flight. This, of course, never happened, but that’s the wonderful thing about dreams. They don’t know what’s impossible. They just know what’s in your heart. For a brief moment, a heart can believe that anything can happen, and to me, that’s just about like flying. That wondrous feeling that dreams can come true is the most amazing feeling of all. I may have never actually managed to lift myself into the clouds physically, but in my imagination, I flew to untold heights. I know, that as I grew older, believing in impossible things became much more difficult. I learned that certain things were this way and other things just had to be that way. But even now, when I choose to suspend my disbelief, I can still get that feeling of infinite wonder. For just a brief moment, I can still believe that anything is possible. And I really do feel that still managing to have that feeling as an adult, is pretty much the equivalent of learning to fly.
And guess what? I’m back with awesome freebies for you! I’ll be giving away things twice a week for the next five weeks, so stayed tuned to my posts for your chance to win! (check the sidebar on my site to enter your email and get my posts right away!) Today, I’m giving away a 9″x12″ block of Stonehenge Aqua from Legion Paper. This one is for U.S. residents only, and I’m giving them away to the first 10 who comment with “Let’s Fly!” and tell me which style of paper you prefer, Hot Press or Cold Press. I’ll have Legion send you that preference as your prize! Be sure to look for my response as I’ll likely need your address in order to have the prize shipped to you. And I sincerely hope each of you are still making something wonderful and new each day. We can all learn to fly when we let our imaginations take us wherever we’ve dreamed of going next. Sometimes, success seems a bit elusive, but in those moments, I always think back on those days when I was young enough to believe in the possible. Sitting and waiting, for that wonderful moment when I would finally get to see my favorite bird.
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