By Joan Frances
Living your dreams is not always an easy thing to do. So many variables enter ones life to change a goal temporarily or permanently. In dealing with the pit falls in life, what if you could follow your dreams, and do whatever your heart tells you to do? Our Fort Bent County Clerk has a son that is living his dream. Dianne Wilson was first elected to office in 1983. Chris, her only son, was 12 years old. In the 29 years that have passed, so much has happened.
Christopher Andrew Wilson was born in August of 1971 in North Carolina as a military child. Traveling was a way of life for this family so Chris was able to experience a great deal growing up. No matter where the family went, he seemed to be drawn to the water. At 12 he began surfing and he thrived on spending as much time in the water as possible. One great benefit of the military is the opportunity to travel all over the world. From Germany to Florida, Chris lived an exciting life, able to feed his passion of the water.
Chris graduated from A&M Galveston in 1994 with a Maritime Business Administration Degree in Naval Architecture. He started working with Sea Land Corporation out of California supervising the loading of container ships. This is a specialized field because of the danger in loading a ship the wrong way which can result in the ship turning over in the water. Chris was skilled at keeping these boats afloat. After about eight years he decided to quit work and travel around the world.
His parents feel that their son has more than one life. In 2002, in Bali, Chris was a patron of Paddy’s Pub. He left two days before the fateful bombing there at the pub. In 2004, during his travels, Chris was scheduled to go to Indonesia in December. Somehow his plans changed and he went in April instead. The tsunami hit that Christmas and Chris was home. Finally, in 2011 he was on a flight with a group of people to go on a bike tour to Christ Church in New Zealand. The earth quake hit and they were diverted to the north island instead. Fate plays a big part in his life.
One of his stops was Australia. He went surfing, fell in love with the country and decided to stay. He applied for a work Visa and landed a job at a high-end bicycle shop. There he was the manager from 2005-2011. He sponsored bike races through the shop and continued to be a devoted athlete. Then, he decided to pursue something else. Chris broke the physical fitness record for firefighters and was offered a job as a National Park Ranger/Firefighter in Narooma.
This spring he moved with Australian wife, Kimberlee and their two children, Jade 4, and Jack 3.
This past week, he and his family came home to spend much needed time with his parents. While shopping at the Galleria, he encountered a young girl about nine or ten years old, who fainted. Chris’s training was a big help for the child and her mother until paramedics could arrive.
When one reflects on life and what is accomplished, it is rare to find someone who has done so much in a short period of time. Most people take a life time to do the things Chris has done. Not everyone is so lucky. He has the support and love from his family.
What a great life!