Dreams Can Come True… Before They Disappear

How I went from constantly traveling the world to traveling locally with help and a medical scooter

Marcia Frost
4 min readAug 21, 2021


Marcia Frost with the Duke of Ballindalloch Castle in Scotland, on a Kangaroo Island Beach in Australia, and, more recently, exploring Holiday World in Indiana on a medical scooter.

“There are places I’ll remember

All my life though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone and some remain”

— In My Life by The Beatles

I’ve always loved that song. It was playing on the radio when I was in my car last weekend, driving through a park I hadn’t been to in years. It just seemed so fitting and brought me back to the first time I was there.

I moved to the Midwest in 2008. It had previously been 30 years since I was living on my own.

My grown daughter decided to remain in New York and I was ready for a new place with a lower cost of living. I was also starting a new career, though it didn’t quite turn out the way I planned.

Career Crossroads

The fall of 2008 was a tumultuous time for the country financially and I was certainly impacted. The New York house with the six-figure equity wouldn’t even sell, and the jobs I was looking at in Illinois were suddenly on hold.

I obtained my substitute teaching license and did some freelance writing while applying for full-time work. I even considered going back to school for my master’s degree. I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do.

Facing My Options in the Park

It was a beautiful spring day in 2009 when I decided to go for a long walk. I asked some friends in my new Champaign home and everyone suggested Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, about 20 minutes away.

The park is beautifully landscaped with lakes and gardens. I enjoyed the scenery as I walked and thought about my new life. I realized that I didn’t have any need to do anything different, as my current situation was the perfect path. The freelance writing was doing fine and I could fill in with teaching.

I had traveled all my life and continued to as I was writing about tennis for many years. I managed to get hooked up with USA Today and, while I wasn’t getting paid…



Marcia Frost

A lifestyle journalist forced to slow down sports, travel, health, music & food coverage when chronic illness changed her life & career. Linktr.ee/MarciaFrost