From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

August 18

I am an ocean person, though I have lived most of my life away from the sea I love so much. As a single mother of four, I felt like I was marking time in the wrong place.

On my forty-second birthday, my sister gave me a trip to see the gray whale migration outside of Tofino on the wild West Coast I longed for.

It was as perfect an experience as it could be, and when it was over I went back to my hope, to my hated job, and to a persistent depression. I did, however, write a letter to the woman who had taken me to see the whales, telling her how lucky she was to be living her dream.

Just when I had won a promotion and was earning enough money to not have to worry about food and bills, a letter came from Tofino.

I learned that there is an inner voice that will guide us each and every step of the way when we slow down and choose to listen. It took enormous courage, but I followed my heart and made my dreams come true.

Sherry Baker

Follow your heart.

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