I am sitting alone here at the fabled Corner Bar and the fact that another year is behind me, is sinking in. The Boehimia is as cold as I can remember...the company...sparse but in good humour...par for the course, given that this is early NYE.
Carmen is at work for a few more hours, thus I find myself here enjoying "Mike's Night"...although it is daytime...a slight deveation from the normal Monday night antics.
This year...as is the case with all of my years, has brought on new challenges and the rewards and penalties that come with them. As hard as I try, not everyone is pleased with my efforts, nor do they understand that I am simply a small piece of the tourism puzzle...but one many have come to depend on.
To those who i have fallen short with...my apologies, but please keep in mind, my influence over those above me....I cannot win every battle on behalf of the guest.
For those who have doubted my sincerity over the past few years...may your life continue to be full of dissapointment simply due to the fact that you expect too much of others and not enough of yourself...I will not loose any sleep.
For the hundreds....no...thousands of people I have had the opporunity to assist or meet...your positive nature will see you through all the hardships life will throw your way. Life is nobody's fault...it is a wave...highs and lows....you have choosen to be a cork...following the lows...knowing that the future is on the rise...followed by a decline...such is life.
I find New Years Eve to be a day of recollection. I have no regrets for decisions made nor the impending results of those decisions. For the second time in my life, I have been involved with the opening of an unknown property. Both have been a rewarding challenge as I have been able to work with 2 teams that don't give up....they know that all will not be grand on day one...probably not on day 100...but if you give up...you stop moving forward.
I have at my senior age (as Carmen reminds me...almost 50), made the conscious effort to start my family. This will indeed bring new challenges into my life...challenges I welcome.
I could ramble on and on...as I often do, but I can't help but thinking of the thousands of people i see...simply...living thier lives.
It is not so hard to do something that makes you happy. In a wrold of "what I own"...instead of "what have I done", it is easy to feel that possessions are what make the difference...but think...do we admire people who "do"...or people who "own"?
History shows that those most respected are those who "DO".
If this is to be my last post, let it be known that I would not regret the path "I HAVE CHOOSEN" to take.
As I wrote on my boat, one rough and unforgiving day at sea....
"dream your desires...then desire your dreams...the things you want most...are closer than they seem".
To all in all those around the world, many of which have already celebrated the beginning of the New Year...never forget that dreams only come true if you want them to...don't be afraid to dream and don't let others stand in your way!
A final 2008 Cheers from the Beach