In 1989, during a Houston press conference, a reporter
surprised me with a question no one had ever asked: "Is it possible that after forty years of "Dreaming the Great Wall Dream"--- that's all it was meant to be??!?!?! Today, aren't you seriously-frightened at even the THOUGHT of attempting such an impossible
dream--- especially at your age?"
I assured the reporter that, since the fourth grade, my goal had always been to activate my Great Wall dream, whenever I had the chance.
And----no. I'd never been just a "Dreamer of Dreams." I suggested the reporter carefully-research my background, document my accomplishments and successes, before implying that my project--ALL THE WALL--- might be a publicity stunt. As for
my age, I'd never lived by the numbers. Age had never limited any of my possibilities.
At the end of 1990, After completing my journey of The Great Wall of China,
another Reporter--this time-- a Chinese, asked me to make a one-sentence summary of my lifetime "love affair" with China's Great Wall. I didn't hesitate in my response:
"The Great Wall of China inspired me as a child; challenged me as an adult; and empowered me as a woman."
PS--A long time ago, I stopped pleasing others; I stopped hoping and praying for others to believe in me. Along the way, I realized--anything and everything is possible--as long as ---I BELIEVE IN ME--TODAY--TOMORROW AND--ALWAYS.