数年之后 我突然意识到 我还要呢么多梦想没有实现！原本以为成年以后，就可以过我想要的生活了。在我还是个孩子的时候，很多梦想还未成型，只是模糊的憧憬。现如今很多儿时的理想已经在脑海里淡去，所以我要理清思绪，好好规划一下未来。于是我列出了一张表格。
这张表格上写着所有我想要做的事，当时我很胖，所以第一条就是减肥健身，之后我拥有了6块腹肌。我更新了我的衣橱，买了很多时尚的衣服。还被同学夸很时髦。当时我性格内向，这也是我最想改变的一点，所以我就到处找人聊天。我是发自内心的想跟他们交朋友，渐渐的我克服了自己不善交际的习惯。我开始学这写喜剧剧本、蹦极、特技跳伞等等。我想学外语，所以大学的时候我先走了 中文 日语 法语和意大利语。我想完成我周游世界的理想，所以我把我的房子和车子都卖了，带着背包和理想 跟我的发小一起来到了中国。从那之后我到过24个国家，走访了中国22个不同的城市，虽然也小有成就，但我发现离我安定下来的愿望真的是越来越远了。
然后，就像每个爱情剧里演的一样，我遇到了一个女孩。她让我觉得想安定下来了。每次跟她讲话我都紧张得像个毛头小子。不知所措，不知道该说什么。我对她是一见钟情。她真的很漂亮 倾城佳人就是对她最好的形容了。我小的时候就特别怕见女孩子，越漂亮的女孩我越紧张。所以再见到她的时候，我这辈子没这么紧张过。漂亮 温柔 贤惠。她对我一无所求，她知道我缺乏安全感，所以他每天都会对我说“我爱你”他是我生命中最宝贵的人了，我想每个男人都想当她们女朋友心目中的英雄，我也不例外。
我觉得凡事都是平等的，如果你接受了别人的礼物，就要拿出相应的东西来等价交换。比如：她很富有 又很漂亮，那么你能给她什么呢？我并不富有，也不帅气，但是我有有才华 有一颗聪明的脑子 富有创意。如果我真心爱一个人，我会为她倾尽所有。我可能不是百万富翁 名车豪宅。但我是个有故事的人，艺术家 所以我可以跟你讲讲我一路上的经历 见闻。
我意识到 在这个世界上 我们存在的证据只会以故事的形式残留下来。而我们本身都会消失殆尽。所以我想告诉全世界我的故事，从一个内心性格孤僻的小男孩成长为八面玲珑的社交达人的故事。而这个故事才刚刚开始。
心有多大 舞台就有多宽，生活的道路是自己走出来的。在我导演了第一部短片之后，我又在青岛拜访了专门的纪录片导演向他请教学习，在上海见到了导演，在北京找了外籍演员，我意识到在导演的这条路上 我还要走的更远。说到底，导演其实就是一个艺术家跟故事家的结合体。
我的计划是 ：用两年的时间完成跟日本导演合作的8部纪录片 。今年春节前要说一口流利的汉语。2年内学会说日语，我希望未来的2年内，能出现在中国的电视上。哈哈哈 很不实际么？或许吧！但是我在这里写下这些理想 就是为了一步步向着它迈进。我希望能谱写自己的人生篇章😆😆
After leaving Japan on February 22nd I traveled for a month to Thailand, Vietnam and back to China where I wrote this on the train~~
When I was a child I had no voice. I grew up in Deer Park, New York. I was the shyest kid in New York. Other kids in the neighborhood thought I was mute therefore were always surprised when they heard me spoke.
As a child, I thought about the future a lot. I would imagine my picture perfect life. I would have a family, children, a home in the suburbs with a white picket fence like the one I grew up in. I would draw that picket fence like the artist’s rendition of my future actualized on canvas.
I remember in 6th grade as a teenager being posed the question by my teacher “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Without hesitation I blurted out the words “an entrepreneur!” Most of the kids didn’t even know what that word meant. I barely knew what it meant at the time either but I know I wanted something more than most people in life. I wanted my life to be my own story and not someone else‘s.
I remember looking at my life years later and realizing many of these dreams were unfulfilled. I thought that by the time my teenage years were over I would have the picture perfect life i envisioned when I was a child artist, but instead, many of the images within my fore-drawn dreamscape were still blurry. I needed to make them crystal clear, so I wrote a list.
I wrote a list of all the things I wanted to do in my life since I was a child. I was tired of being overweight so 9 months later I had 6-pack abs. I had worn-out, old clothes and decided to buy a whole new wardrobe, being called the sharpest dressed person in college. I was shy and wanted to be more social, so I talked to a new person everyday. I learned about comedy writing. I wanted to go bungee jumping, so I did it. I wanted to go skydiving, so I did that too. I wanted to learn a foreign language so I took Chinese, Japanese, French, and Italian class. I wanted to travel the world so I sold my car and my apartment and followed my childhood friend to China. Since then I’ve seen 24 countries and 22 different cities in China. I accomplished many things on the list but still the dream of a future wife and kids, a home, and that white picket fence eluded me.
Then I met a girl for the first time in my life that made me think it was possible. I felt like a nervous teenage boy every time I would talk to her. Our first date I thought I’d seen the most beautiful woman in the world and felt so nervous I thought I would have a heart attack. I was always nervous around women when I was a child. The more beautiful, the more nervous I would become. I had never in my life been that nervous and I was a grown man. A beautiful, gentle, and sweet girl that never asked for anything, She knew my insecurities, and would call me everyday to say I love you. She made me feel like I was the most important man in the world. Her king. I think that’s what every man wants. Someone to be a hero for.
I always feel that when you’re given something that you should try to give back something of equal value. If I were to meet a girl who is rich I should be rich, or a girl who is beautiful, I should be handsome. But I’m not rich. I’m not handsome. But what I am is, I’m talented, smart, creative and everything I do, I give my all. So I used every other talent I could to make up for what I lacked. I couldn’t win a beauty contest, I couldn’t buy a Ferrari but I was an artist and a teacher, and I could tell stories. So I told her a story in hopes that it would make up for everything else I lacked in hopes that the story would touch her heart
I realize stories are all we are left with in this world. After we are gone we are all stories. So my story which has gone from the shy awkward mute child into a man yearning to speak to the world is only just beginning. In the next two years the path of my life will blossom as I reach further and higher towards new goals. After making my first movie I started to meet different people in the film industry which have inspired me here in China, I met a documentarian in Qingdao, a director in Shanghai and an actor in Beijing. I realized from that, I want to create more documentaries and continue being an artist and a story teller. That’s what you’re doing when you direct a short film. You’re telling a story.
Within 2 years I will complete an 8 episode documentary series in China and Japan. Within 1 year I will be fluent in Chinese. Within 2 years fluent inJapanese. In 2 years I’ll see my own face on TV in china. Are all of these goals are very hard to accomplish? Maybe… but I’m just writing them down. After all, that’s the first step to creating a story.
-Keith Orlando Harris