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This is where I am supposed to talk about myself... problem is I am probably just like you... Big dreams, big desires, big heart. I talk too much sometimes and I want to change the world... but I guess I'll take it a day at a time.
It has been said that a “Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. While this is true I believe a journey of a thousand miles begins with one brief thought, the thought that you could do something different that you could achieve something many dream of. The world is full of dreamers but it is the ones that capture that brief thought, the ones that pursue it as if it was the prophesy stone… as if it was priceless because no price can be put on life, love and adventure. These thoughts come and go; they cause us to ache in longing and wonder. For a brief moment they make you think if you could only catch hold and do or be, you would find an overflowing explosion of life as deep and endless as the sky and universe are big. But then as quickly as they come they are dismissed, the thought is gone and the first footstep is never even considered. I recently embarked on an adventure, like all adventures I could have never guessed the outcome or foreseen the absolute poetry that the world will take you through if you give it the chance. My journey took me through 12 countries and covered thousands of miles. I left home with a backpack containing only one change of clothes and a sleeping bag. I set out in Bulgaria with my brother without an agenda, only knowing I needed to be in Ireland in a month. During the course of the trip I saw beauty and wonder only to be contrasted by hatred and even murder. I saw countries where freedom was still a new and unfamiliar taste in people’s mouths; I saw a new life of possibility coming alive in their very eyes. I also saw the life go out in the eyes of a man that was shot in a pointless hate crime in front of my very eyes. I found a world so large and unapologetic, so deep I could never grasp. Yet at the same time I saw that in the heart and mind of a single person one can find beauty and wonder surpassing anything I have seen in the natural world. To travel the world over and not go to equal lengths to meet and know the people would be a grave mistake. Even more so… to live this life that I have been given only for myself; to consent to exist in that world… and ignore all the wonder, beauty and terror that is humanity surrounding me. Why, that would be an even greater mistake. No, I must not place far too small a limit on my world. I must choose to leave myself open to the whispers and groaning from all of humanity. Knowing full well I can never be everything I want to be, but alas I can be more than I am. Months later I write this and the very thoughts make me feel more alive. I remember sleeping in parks and hiking through towns in Croatia on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. I will always cherish the memories but more importantly, I war against the human condition of apathy to remember what the world so generously taught… The journey of a thousand miles starts with one brief thought… Don’t miss it.
Climbing, Soccer, Fishing. I Love people, I love stories, I love adventure. History, Business Strategy and finding ways to use business experience in a Humanitarian effort. Music, art and a good book.
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Books... George Washington Carver, Scarlet Pimpernail, Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Rings, anything by C.S Lewis and George Mcdonald.
Music... Searay, Mattt Pond, Pete Yorn, Youth Group, Stellastarr, Wilco, Tom Petty, Snow Patrol, Slightly Stoopid, Radiohead, Death Cab, Postal Service, Matt Costa, Keane, Eliott Smith and on and on...
Movies... The Devil Came on Horseback, Death in Gaza, No End In Sight.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I once climbed a 12D. If you dont climb just know it is really hard.
Train hopping hobo style... really fun.
Built a 5 story tree house when I was 12.
I am not sure that any of this qualifies as amazing but the memories from each where amazing.
Teach, Learn, Share
Fishing, Boarding and Climbing. I used to be a rock climbing instructor.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Senegal, Slovenia, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In