If I could do a front flip, I would do one right this minute (but I’m 30, so I probably shouldn’t).
You did it. We did it. We raised $30,000 to build a whole classroom in Uganda.
Thirty-freaking-thousand (is that a number?).
I have to admit, I tend to be a skeptic. When people come up with awesome ideas, I tend to be the one to search out the flaws, to notice the holes, to wonder what will happen “if” this and “if” that.
And when this idea came to me, my response was no different. I picked my idea apart.
Would we raise the money in time? Was something like this even possible?
But no matter how hard I tried to push the idea out of my mind, it kept coming back. And I just figured, “what the heck?” To send kids to school in Uganda, it was worth the risk.
So I took the leap. Because I’d rather be crazy than boring.
I will never be the same. I hope you won’t either.
I hope this is a reminder to all of us that we should dream bigger, and believe in the impossible.
I hope its a reminder that when we take steps of faith for something that matters, and we give it everything we have — floods of resources will open their gates to us.
I hope it’s a reminder of the generosity implicit in human nature.
I hope it is a lesson, for myself mostly, that I don’t always have to know steps five through ten before I take step one.
I hope I remember how, sometimes, the picture isn’t clear when we begin.
Thank you for everything you did to make this possible.
Maybe you gave five dollars, or five hundred dollars, or no dollars, but you blogged, or shared, or just gave your emotional support. It doesn’t matter. You were a part of the ecosystem that made this happen.
This was not me. This was us.
We did what love does. I’m proud to call you all friends.
Thank you for making my 30th birthday the most memorable birthday ever.