The dream turns into reality.
Posted on 09 May 2012
I've been putting off writing this blog post, because I still haven't been able to put into words just how incredible the last few months have been. Even when I tell family & friends about my journey, I never quite seem to be able to portray the wonderful highs, the incredible lows, the bubbling excitement, the quiet, niggling fears, the excruciating frustration, the loneliness, the liberating feeling of doing things on ones own, the endless decisions, the pride in seeing things coming together, the absolutely breathtaking beauty & generosity of India & the shocking ugliness of the poverty and the filth. If I were a better writer, I'd be able to bring to life the lunch times spent with the women who work in the factory at their homes & the kindness & generosity they showed me. I'd be able to perfectly describe the wonderful afternoons on the beach with new, lifelong friends who showed so much enthusiasm & encouragement for what I was doing. I could explain the creeping dread in the middle of the night, where I'd worry if I'd chosen the right colours, got the right measurements & wonder how on earth I'll ever pay off the mounting debts that I've amassed, to make this dream of mine a reality. And I could highlight how absolutely liberating it is to have followed my dream, stood on my own two feet, thrown caution to the wind & gone out and done exactly what I wanted to do. [caption id="attachment_481" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="In January the "dream"looked something like this...."][/caption] Yesterday I stumbled across the cut-out paper versions of the trousers (see my first blog post) that I'd made back in January when I was desperately trying to make a final decision on the colours & the range before I left for India. A huge smile formed across my face when the little papery Marzipants fell out of their plastic wallett & onto the floor. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so I'll leave it up to the images to do that talking....... This is what I've been up to over the last 3 months........ [caption id="attachment_483" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="In between is looked something like this........"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_484" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="...... And this"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_482" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="And by April the "dream" had turned into a REALITY & Marzipants now look like this!!! "][/caption]