Here we go…

here-we-go-irem-akdereSpending some quality time in a bookstore and getting new books have always been my favorite Sunday afternoon activities. To me, the smell of a brand new book values more than the price of it.

An ordinary Sunday afternoon in 2007, I went to a bookstore and this book called “101 things to do in Turkey before you die.” caught my eye. Nothing could be more thrilling than learning new stuff, travelling all around, meeting new people, and having new experiences. So I got this book right away and found myself in a Starbucks paging through it while drinking coffee.

This book could not be more inspiring! I was amazed by all of these great  ideas! I fell in love with the places that have been mentioned in the book. The author suggested activities such as fishing, exploring Anatolia, and planting a tree.

He listed all kinds of things to do and put them in order. I actually wanted to do ‘em all!!!   The first thing on the list was ” Have a big dream!” and the last one was ” Make your own list!

I believe this was the first  time that I seriously started thinking about how to live such a good life and what I really want.

I took small notes on the pages of the book, such as ” This suppose to be done by 2014.” , “I am definitely taking my brother to this restaurant!” or  “Make a good playlist for the road.” As we all know that the music you listen actually changes your life! So having a “feel-good playlist” would not hurt on a trip to Europe by train.

It took me two sleepless days  to read  the whole book. I did not know where to start making my own list. I was feeling a bit nervous at the beginning  but this incredible joy of understanding that  I can live the life that I want, helped me a lot to find my way during this unforgettable journey.

I was ready to fly…

I took a deep breath…

And said  “Hi!”  to my new empty list of dreams.

California was on the list…

And here I am now, in California,  making my dreams come true…

As H.Jackson Brown Jr. says, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

Irem Akdere / Los Angeles
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