On a sunny May day at the corner of 5th Avenue and “Hope”, I excitedly awaited meeting a friend. Our excursion started with perfume shopping at Bergdorf’s and ended with lunch at The Plaza. With sparkling water, we toasted one another to “new beginnings” and to finding utter happiness.
Little did I know that that outing with my fabulous friend would be the starting point from which my Universe would slowly change its axis. And little did I anticipate the tremendous self transformation that would ensue.
Now, at the corner of Hope and Anticipation, I look back on that day with the same gleeful excitement I felt when I saw my pretty friend approach me on Fifth Avenue.
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There is nothing quite like seeing yourself on the big screen, especially when the subject of what’s showing on the big screen is your life story. As part of the Reel Abilities Film Festival in Minneapolis, “Limitless“, a 10 minute short film about my life’s story made it’s world-wide premier.
Being the person I am, I purposely did not watch the film before it premiered because I wanted to experience it with my parents, family and friends who were in the audience. So, when it rolled (and after a nano-second of panic), I sat back; watched; and enjoyed what I saw. I enjoyed the way that my story was told with the film’s imagery and messaging. I enjoyed that people cried. I enjoyed that people laughed. I enjoyed hearing that people who know me best learned new things about my experience. I enjoyed that a 9-year-old girl in the audience wanted her picture take with me and after asking me for a hug. I enjoyed that it opened the eyes of others.
I am forever grateful for the people who made this film happen. That mine is a story worth sharing on such a scale is humbling. But by doing so, my eyes are opened to the realization that we all have stories to share. What’s your story?