I believe that everybody deserves a life that is more exciting, more amazing and more wonderful than any film or book. A life of fun and pleasure, of sunshine and smiles, of great memories, exciting adventures and stories that people want to hear. I think that by the end of our time on Earth we should be full of tales to tell, stories that people want you to share. They will want to hear about all the things that you have done, the places you have been and the people you met along the way.
I think that it’s every person’s right to live an extraordinary life, to be the star of their own life and I want to help people create the story of a lifetime, no matter what barriers they may face.
There are so many obstacles that we face every day just to exist, health, money, commitments, they all seem to trap us, to hold us in place and stop us living the life we dream of. Some of these are immovable, there is very little we can do to change them. I know because I’ve been ill for nineteen years with a condition that has no treatment and no cure, all I can do is live in the hope that either I get better on my own or “they” discover some kind of medical treatment. I feel that I have two choices, I can sit around and wait for that to happen, while my life slips away from me, or I can make the most of my time now. Live now!
So that’s what I choose to do and it is a choice, one that I make every single day, even on the days when it would be easier to just give up, close my eyes and hide from the world and my reality. Life isn’t always easy; but it’s up to us to make it worth living. I believe that no matter what your circumstance, what challenges you face, you can have a great life, full of all the things that everybody wants – happiness, laughter, fun, friendship, freedom and adventure.
That’s why I set up Holidays From Home because I know that I’m not the only person who feels like this. I know people who are doing incredible things, living their lives and refusing to let life stop them from following their dreams. They won’t take no for an answer. They may have to adapt what they do, they may have to work round a situation, a problem, a hassle; but they will find a way, because they are determined to have the life they want, because they know they deserve it.
My personal love, my heart’s wish is to travel, probably because I’ve had to be in one place for a very long time – six years bed bound, six years house bound. I’ve always had a sense of wanderlust, the desire to see new places, try new things, meet new people, so being confined to one room, in one house, is a cruel challenge for me. That’s why I looked for ways to escape the four walls that enclose me, the physical barriers that stop me from taking flight. I found ways to travel without travelling, to Arrive Without Leaving.
I’m passionate about helping people, about using my own pain, and experiences to make sure that other people don’t go through the same thing or at least help to alleviate some of that pain. I believe that nobody should feel alone in a situation, whether that’s stuck at home on your own or in the middle of a crowd. Isolation is cruel and devastating; but with today’s technology there is no longer a reason for anyone to feel isolated. I want to bring people together, people who may have completely different lives; but who can be a part of a community, a global family, and together we can all take pleasure and appreciate the amazing world around us.
This is my dream and it’s what I’m using my life to create. I know that time and energy are the most precious things we have, so I want to use mine to make a difference, to create something beautiful, incredible and positive. That’s why I’m here, that’s why I do what I do and that’s why I will keep doing it for the rest of my life.