And 4+ more quotes to celebrate 4 years of GiveLiveExplore and attempting to live deliberately.
There’s a Henry David Thoreau quote that has narrated my journey since I began wandering – physically, professionally, philosophically – four years ago.
The quote helped inspire the tagline for this site: “Tales from a Deliberate Journeyer.” From Walden, it’s a sentiment that I believe sums up the motivation behind many women and men’s decision to heed their call to adventure. Mine included.
A couple months ago Thoreau’s words magically entered my periphery once again, but in an unlikely place: my daily commute in London. I didn’t notice them at first. Walked straight past. Alone in the subway hall, I back-peddled slowly, leaned my head to the side and breathed a curious “Huh.”
One of the eeriest parts of life is when things–situations, places, people, topics, ideas, opportunities–align before your eyes. For me, the alchemy seems strongest at the intersection of the books I read, the places I explore, the people I meet, and the conversations I have. In travel, all four have the chance to play.
My story, of course, is one of many coincidences. I’m convinced most are if we’re paying attention. My 2012 European wander (and subsequently the story of it in my TEDx talk) felt like an opus of spectacular coincidences and chance encounters, leading to one grand finale: I’d accidentally pass through Metz, France, the very place my love for travel was born, and the place where I’d pay proper homage to my friend whose death instigated the journey in the first place.
Three recent encounters made me ponder once again the mystery of coincidence.
Because I’m a human and my mind is an asshole, I forget it every time.
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I’m excited to share a new post with you all. But first…another video! Thanks to everyone who watched and/or offered feedback. You gave me a nudge to try my hand at another.In this video I tell the origins of the post Start Before You’re Ready and describe how a 2013 talk by Reddit.com co-founder Alexis Ohanian partly inspired it. PLUS, a special surprise for new subscribers…
I know, I know––we’re already 1 month into the new year. But the 2015–2016 baton pass wouldn’t feel complete without a debrief on the past year. I wrote a severely detailed reflection on 2015 for myself, but I’ve summarized it in 4 big themes for you below: