“Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.”
A couple weeks ago, I wrote how forming a book club in Chicago changed my life, and my belief that something similar could change yours too.
As I tapped into the events and emotions leading up to that grand trip to Iceland, I realized there was another story embedded in the bramble.
That story, of course, has to do with another book. In fact, it was the second book Mike and I read together, before we invited a whole cast of characters to join us, and before we had realized the danger in our underground undertaking.
On Wednesday morning, I had the honor of giving a key note talk at my alma mater, Chagrin Falls High School, outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The talk was for the Cum Laude Society inductions, where twenty-six high school seniors were acknowledged for supreme scholastic achievement.
The following is the transcript from my talk. Enjoy!
Mike and I saddled into our seats on the idling Icelandair 612 at New York’s JFK and marinated on the moment for a bit. Eventually we turned toward each other, cracked the identical smiles we’d been fighting back, and started giggling like giddy school girls.
Then the fresh-faced, tanned, and breathtakingly storybook Swedish girl sat in the remaining seat beside us. Being fans of cute Scandinavian girls (we were headed to Iceland after all), we took this as an obvious sign from the universe: each of us had made the right choice to be here. The aura of possibility swirling around us was electric. We snapped a picture to eternalize the moment.
I feel I’ve been a bit out of touch with you all at GiveLiveExplore, so I wanted to check in, give ya’ll some proper love, and deliver a brief State of the Union.
First off, I’m in London! Actually, I’ve been here for several weeks.
Earlier this month, I jumped across the pond and touched down in London. The purpose was more work related than anything. Things on the publishing front with Tales of Iceland were going well, I’d managed to secure a speaking gig the Dallas Travel & Adventure Show, and a piece of my writing had recently been picked up by Huffington Post. All great things — but I needed to get more creative about making a decent living for myself. [See: cashflow was low.]
Almost two years ago, when I first set the wheels in motion to exchange my corporate consulting lifestyle for a more unconventional and adventurous (and uncertain) one, I came across an organization out of London called Escape the City. You may have found me through Escape the City, or perhaps you’ve heard me talk about it.
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
Today isn’t going to be a easy day for a lot of people.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go a little off the cuff right now. These words flew out of me this morning, and when they did, I felt compelled to share them here. After all, GiveLiveExplore wouldn’t exist, and I wouldn’t be writing to you and entering your inbox right now, if it weren’t for what I’m about to say.
Today isn’t going to be an easy day.
I think about Shannon constantly. But especially today. Everything that has happened to me over the past two years, all of my new experiences, wild adventures, and unconventional undertakings — I owe them all to Shannon.