Three years ago, my New Year’s Resolution was to become a more interesting person.
I wish I were kidding.
I wanted to go places I had never been, meet people I had never met, and do things I never could have imagined. I wanted my life to be vast and incredible and unavoidable. I wanted to have stories for my children about grand adventures and faraway places with just the tiniest, most charming bit of danger. (more…)
Today marks the beginning of my 21st year of life.
I’ve spent most of that time learning and getting it wrong and figuring it out and learning again.
Some lessons were easy, some lessons were not. Here’s the basic gist:
1. The “urban tribe” is BS. You’re not alone if you’re living on your own instead of with a group of quirky best friends who do nothing but hang out and get into trouble together. You will have friends all over the darn place, and that’s the beauty of this whole thing. Don’t think you need to build your life around sitcoms.
2. The second week home is hard. The second week after you come home from traveling will always feel lonely. Your brain is saturated and your heart is so full it feels like it’s breaking. People stop asking about it and everything will go back to normal — but, for a while, that will feel terrible. That’s okay. It’s worth it.
3. Say “yes” and figure it out later. I love the e e cummings poem, “yes is the only living thing” because it’s true. Try things you aren’t quite prepared for or feel too young for. Say yes to an opportunity that feels too big for you. You might end up thoroughly overwhelmed, but just say yes, put on your big-girl pants, pretend like you know what you’re doing, and figure it out. (more…)
HUGE Happy Birthday to Papa Sampson, the fella up there with the killer sunglasses. Triathlete and selfie connoisseur, he keeps it 100 and inspires me every day. I love you!
This is very real – definitely something I’m working on. What If Having An Extraordinary Life Isn’t The Point? ”Taking a summer to build wells in Africa is, for some, a genuine calling. But so is fixing a neighbor’s plumbing, feeding one’s family and sharing in the burdens and joys of a local church. Sometimes, the best way to change the world is to live extraordinarily in what looks like an ordinary existence—to radically love and serve those around us every day, no matter where we are.”
I’m less than one week out from my first 10K (crossing something off of my 15 Before 30 list), which is a hilarious sentence to me. I laughed out loud when I saw the training schedule for the race. Six miles was a hysterical joke.
But yesterday I woke up and looked forward to running.
This is not a drill: this is real life.
I am by no means an experienced runner, but I have acquired a few tips for embarrassingly novice runners (I was just there – I get it) to get out onto the street and get started. (more…)
I’ve always been a collector. I have boxes in storage of things I’ve acquired, little tokens and chunks of memory.
When I started traveling, it only got worse – I had folders full of papers and tickets and stubs and letters to remind me of wonderful days. It was getting out of hand – what to do with everything? (more…)