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We are all human beings

There is a fascinating YouTube channel called “Yes Theory” – it’s a group of people who challenge themselves (and others) to step out of their comfort zone and make themselves do something that they never thought they’d ever do.

The most recent episode I watched was when two people switched lives for 72 hours – one from Austin Texas and one from Stockholm Sweden. They each went to the other’s home for 72 hours and immersed themselves into the other’s life, with friends and family.

The gentleman who came from Sweden and went to Texas is a motivational speaker – Steffan Taylor. One of his dreams was to come to America and speak to youth. This group of people gave him that chance, and during his speech, he talked about what we do. He said – you are not a teacher, you are a human being. You are working in business, that’s what you do, but that’s not necessarily what you are. You are not defined by your job, you are defined by who you are. Another thing he said was, you can fail at your job and even lose your job, but you can never fail with you are. Wise words.

It was so emotional and amazing to watch. He was touched just as much as the young people he spoke to. It was a dream come true for him, and he was so inspirational that it got me thinking of my situation. I’m not a babysitter or a nannie, I am me, and I am simply here for a short time helping with my grandson. Doing this does not define me. Being me defines me.

It was a very transforming YouTube video to watch. Take a few minutes and watch it. It’s pretty amazing.

Vagabonding

It has taken me three weeks but I have finally finished the book Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. Truly an inspirational book for anyone who has the dream to travel for a lengthy period of time.

So much of this book resonated with me, but the very last chapter could have been me writing it. Everything Potts said about returning home after a lengthy travel experience rang true to my ears.

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” A quote from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gilding”

This quote was exactly how I felt when I returned to Canada after three years of living abroad. I felt like I didn’t fit in and needed to resort to my old self in order to fit back in. I didn’t like it at first but I came to realize that the patience I learned while traveling helped me readjust to life in Canada.

I still love talking about my travels but I also know how to read my audience to who would actually be interested.

This book is one that will come with me wherever I go. Lots of handy resources and profiles of fellow vagabonders will keep me on my path.