Today it’s 4th July 2015. Happy Independence Day to you all in the USA!
Although I’m not an American, July 4th has particularly special significance for me and each year this day brings back a flood of memories.
Five years ago today my “100 goals in 100 weeks” journey came to an end. I’d travelled the world for almost two years, tackling my “bucket list” of 100 personal goals.
For those unfamiliar with my story, my goal-achieving globe-trotting journey had been kick-started on August 3rd 2008, after I listed my “entire life” for sale on eBay following a painful separation and divorce.
I decided that the most fitting place to end my two-year journey would be in New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty. For decades this statue has represented a fresh start – a new beginning for so many people. I often imagine large ships filled with Irish or Italian immigrants arriving in New York in the 1920s and 30s, carrying people with hopes for a better life than the one they had left behind. What an amazing sight Lady Liberty must have been for these expectant immigrants.
At the end of my own personal globe-trotting journey on the 4th of July 2010, this iconic symbol of freedom represented the start of a new phase of my life too and the final step in moving on from my past.