Dreams that took 30 years to achieve

I am a child of the 70s.

All of it actually, as I was born in 1970, October 5th to be precise. So
those of you quick off the mark will realise that very, very soon I’ll
be hitting the big 4-0.

As a child, I can recall thinking that in the year 2000 I would be 30
years old. It blew my mind to think that I would be a fully grown man
then, maybe even married. I even remember thinking ‘I wonder what I’ll
be like when I’m 40?’. But that was just a step too far for my young mind
to comprehend.

In my teenage years, I wished 30 would come quickly as I felt that being
a teenager I wasn’t taken seriously. It was a frustrating time. Feeling
old enough to understand the world I lived in, yet still treated like a
child without a clue.

In my 20s, I went a bit wild, to say the least. It was a rather ‘busy’
and hedonistic time that showed me glimpses of another world. That world
could have easily swallowed me whole, chewed me up and spat me out as
nothing but a quivering wreck or worse. Thankfully, I did manage to
survive my own escapades. And I learnt that what could best be described as addictive behaviour, if left unchecked, could have been the ruin of me.

Then I hit 30. It was the magical age I had dreamed of as a child. So
now I’m at the end of my 39th year, what did it really hold for me?

Everything I thought it would. I finally found and married my partner.
Whenever I look at the ring on my finger I feel proud. Especially as
being gay and married to a man is a triumph of the age we live in today
and that we reside in the UK. I live in an amazing apartment in central
London, with views (albeit obstructed) of the world famous Tower Bridge.
I became a coach, which has allowed me the privilege of being there for
people at a time when they needed help the most.

I created ActionPodcast.com with four amazing people, and it has taken us on the
most amazing journey of exploration, and the most exciting thing is that
it’s really only just started!

This proves to me that if you have the courage to dream, the rewards
will be greater than you could possible imagine.