Become Your Dream

One of the things I like most about working on the Upper East Side is finding De La Vega's artwork on the street. I couldn't help but smile when I read the message that accompanies his graffiti for the first time: "Become Your Dream." I really can't think of a better slogan to sum up the last two years of my life.

I have had to rebuild my entire life over the past two years. My family, my career, my home, my finances, my hopes, my wishes, my everything fell apart in the blink of an eye. I had hit rock bottom, my lowest low. I was completely devastated by the state of my affairs at the time, but now I know that it needed to happen. I needed to fall to find my purpose. I needed to fall to find my fire. I needed to fall to look deep inside myself, find my dream and become it. I needed to be put on a different path, a path that eventually led me to my Wil.

If he had come into my life only three weeks earlier than he had, I would have missed the road sign pointing me in his direction. I didn't know it at the time, but he was to become part of my dream. This man, this love of mine, this angel, has helped me pick up my pieces in more ways than I can count. He has been my center, my world. He has been climbing next to me for the past two years without missing a single finger hold. He pulled me out of my hole. He brought me back to life. He has made me see things in myself that I had forgotten were there. He has forced me think in ways I didn't think were possible. He has restored the trust and respect I had lost for myself. He has helped me to realize my potential. Part of his dream is to see me become mine. I couldn't ask for a greater love than the love of my fiancĂ©.

I swear, I had no intention of making this a sappy post! I just wanted to share some of my favorite De La Vega pieces and call it a day; I don't know what came over me. But before I post some pretty pictures, I want to leave you with one more reflection: I wouldn't change anything. The way I see it, each and every life experience (good and bad) I had before April 25, 2009 shaped me into the person I was when I walked into Ria's Bluebird. The woman Wil met that day was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, flaws and all. My dream.

76th Street between 3rd Avenue and 2nd Avenue

2 comments

Anonymous said... March 25, 2011 at 6:55 AM

:-)

Anonymous said... March 25, 2011 at 6:56 AM

...it's wil (I signed in to my yahoo acct and it still doesn't work) :-/

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