My Summer 2015: vous parlez francais, hong kong king chop suey, & an extreme las vegas water park
Tin Lizzie's Updates to her blog
So, where did I meet Ms. Fabuloso? Well, here's our background. I met Tin at work. We were both college counselors some years ago, in suburban Chicago. We'd spend day in and day out speaking to university students about their ambitions and what inspired them to go into a particular field or route in life, and to perhaps try another. We spoke to them about the abundance of efforting in life; the need to keep striving. It was then that I found out that she'd traveled half-way around the world already, having visited some 25 countries while still in her 20's. Impactful. Thrill-Seeking. Loving the Adventure. All of these. Then, in 2012, Tin wrote that infamous piece of hers, "You never know until you try," and this is the one definitive piece that will catapult me onto my trip to Newfoundland this summer, walking the 80 miles of the East Coast Trail. I'll be whale watching & enjoying my coffee and Cambazola. Oh, you know the story, but it's just so darn classic, my becoming a Newfie. It's life altering and I just want to relive the moments leading up to this transformative event. There will be plenty to write about, to share during the course of stories of moonlight dinners with friends. There will be postings of hundreds of photos for which I know right now, I won't be able to prioritize which ones deserve more of an astonishing beauty credit than the next. But not to worry. I will have every detail of the journey to Newfoundland right here for my readers to relive and enjoy. But here is my one true hope.
My one true hope is for every less than high caliber athlete, for the novice of low self-esteem, for every space cadet, every self-absorbed lover of the Kardashians, to come back down to earth. Over the ham radio: "Earth to celebrity: were you actually thinking of spending the summer with the Kardashians?" Forget about it. (Deep dish, Chicagoan dialet). Forget about the money-making media. Look into your heart, find someone, some thing that truly motivates you. Study this person/thing. Analyze it ad nauseam. Become that person in this lifetime, and start living the adventure. Tin Lizzie has offered that to me, and I am eternally thankful for her amazing feats, for her friendship, and to her astonishing efforts in impacting humankind.
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