As I watched the Academy Awards the other night, I heard several celebrities tell a similar story. It went something like thisâ€¦
â€œAs a kid, I watched the Academy Awards on TV. I never dreamed I would be walking down that red carpet myself someday.â€
And it made me wonder. What is my red carpet?Â What did I dream of as a kid?
Me? I wanted to be a professional ice skater!Â For some reason, I knew about a famous figure skater named Sonja Henie.Â She actuallyÂ competed in the 1920s and 1930s, so I have no idea how I heard about her.Â Maybe from my parents.Â Iâ€™m not really sure.
All I remember is that I would lace up my ice skates, glide out onto the rink, and announce to the world: Here she is, Nancy Depcik, debuting as an Olympic figure skater. I could picture it, outfit and all, and I could hear the roar of the crowd.Â That was my red carpet dream.
But my life took me down another path â€“ one that did not include ice skates. However,Â it did includeÂ the excitement of a crowd and the energy of an audience.Â So, as a professional speaker, I guess my ice rink became my stage, and I traded in my ice skates for a microphone.
And I wouldnâ€™t have it any other way. I absolutely love what I do, sharing my message of positive thinking with all who will listen, helping people to see their life challenges a little differently, and to find happiness in the process.
Red carpet dreams really do come true, sometimes they just look a little differently than the one we imagined. Whatâ€™s your story?Â Do you have a red carpet dream?