"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up some place else" - Yogi Berra
This was written almost exactly 3 years ago. I remember the day and the place very clearly. It was at the house of my friend Chantal in Brossard.
In early 2007, I had just returned from Honduras where I was living for almost a year working as a reporter for the newspaper Honduras This Week. If I remember correctly, Chantal had just returned from a 6 month internship at a film festival in Hawaii.
It was a surprinsingly beautiful spring day and we sat together with our journals on the warm ciment of the backyard patio.
We both wrote down our dreams and goals, answering the same questions... What is your ultimate dream, what impact to you want to have on the world, what is your definition of success, where do you want to live. The list went on and on.
We talked, and we wrote, letting go of all fear, refusing to think that a dream can be too big.
And so I wrote..
"I want to produce and host my own documentary series around the world to bring different cultures and beliefs to the forefront and encourage greater acceptance of what is different".
Today is March 30, 2010.
I write this post as I wait for my girlfriend to come pick me up. I'm going to Africa.
Better, I am going to Africa to work as a reporter on the documentary film "Biosphere, Tomorrow is now", produced by Biosphere TV in partnership with UNESCO.
Tomorrow, I should be landing in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, then heading to Benin, where my two partners and I will meet the men and women who live in the National Park of Pendjari, which is part of UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
As you can imagine, I feel extremely blessed and grateful.
I will probably not have internet access during the next week, but I promise to keep you posted on my experience and on what I've learned. I will even film little "making-of" videos, which I will be posting sooner than later.
For now, the moral of the story, is:
1) write down your goals
2) work hard
3) work harder
4) enjoy every second
And keep your old journals....being able to go back and witness your own evolution is a precious little thing.