We met in Barcelona, Spain while working for Mickey Mouse. Sara was a Dancer on the Disney Magic, and I was a Youth Activities Coordinator. We sailed the Mediterranean, saw a small piece of this beautiful world and got to know one another.
We dated three years before marrying in Brigantine, New Jersey, Sara's hometown.
Six months later we learned that conceiving a child naturally would be near impossible.
Why did this happen? For that matter, why do bad things happen at all? These are questions we've asked time and time again.
We're both young and healthy, no illnesses, and while we occasionally enjoy a Yellow Rose whiskey or a full-bodied cab from Tres Sabores, we're cognizant of what we put into our bodies. We exercise regularly, we eat healthy, we're happy, positive people. So, why did this happen? The answer is, quite simply, there is no answer.
After getting married, we assumed we'd enjoy our "honeymoon years," then have kids, watch them grow, cheer them on, work hard until the age of 65, retire and travel. Instead, we'll create a different life for ourselves than the one we'd previously imagined.
We don't know what tomorrow will bring, what opportunities or challenges await, but we're going to live our best lives together.
As we move forward, we've decided to also create a website/blog, calling it Follow Your North.
Growing up, my brother and I always encouraged each other to face challenges bravely, to appreciate each day, to work hard, to have fun and to treat people with kindness. Our attempt at putting that into a single phrase manifested as Follow Your North.
Sara and I hope this blog will be a companion piece for people facing challenges. A place where we can encourage others and connect with people who've been thrown their own curve ball. It will even be a travel blog, as we intend to experience the wonders of this world together, a happy family of two, sharing photos, videos and lessons learned with each reader.
We hope Follow Your North inspires and acts as a support system for those who need it. There are more than 7 billion people on this planet, each of us unique, each facing our own tests and challenges.
Bad things happen to everyone, and we all taste occasional defeat. The question to ask ourselves is not "why do these things happen?" but "what direction do I go now that life looks different?"