Those who have read this blog for a while will have heard me talk about our friends Sam and Lisa. If you’re new here there are posts under the Viva Italia category. The whole sad story is there. Our plans to joining Sam and Lisa in Italy for 3 months in 2011. The crashing and burning of those plans. The ups and downs of that journey. During our friendship we have pushed each other, grown, laughed and ate lots. I for one have become a better version of myself. That’s what great friends do, I think. Shape your life.

Today I said good-bye to them.

Because Wednesday they leave their Queensland home and start their journey to Italy. Their plans have changed a little {I can’t wait to share more of them with you as they share them with the world} but the mission is still the same, to live and grow in Italy, renovating and restoring homes and communities. I mean, what an amazing dream. What an amazing life. There are people, special people and yet perfectly ordinary people, who live their lives on the very edge of what others think is possible. They create for themselves a life that inspires and motivates the dreamers.

All my life I have been moved by dreamers who achieved their dreams. From a Disney retelling to biographies, I love them all. Give me a hero story and I am on the edge of my seat cheering, heart in my mouth hoping. Someone once told me that when you feel so moved you feel connected in some way. Like, maybe you’ve got potential left to be tapped. Maybe that person is right. Maybe 8-year-old me knew there was something in store for me. Or maybe she just hoped. Whatever the reason, I am easily and often moved to tears. I love an active dreamer.

I don’t know about you but every time I see someone achieve something that was once a teeny tiny dream, a spark of an idea, my heart soars and I feel the potential in me. I catch a glimpse of what is out there for me to be and to have. It’s the gift of the abundance I was gifted. It’s the obligation of someone as lucky as I am. As we are, really, if you’re reading this you’re one of the lucky ones. It’s our challenge, THE challenge of a lifetime for someone who doesn’t have to fight for their life, for food or shelter, for someone who is free from the concerns of basic survival. It’s our job to live big, to dream and to be the next inspiration. To be the gift of hope to someone else. To be amazing.

Like Sam and Lisa.

Just like them.

Maybe it was less of a goodbye and more of a see you soon. After all Italy is very much on my list. And us dreamers have to stick together.

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