For the last few days I have been driving across the country with Caroline Catlin.
We’re collecting handwritten pieces of advice from people we meet along the way, because why not?!
You can read more of that advice here and follow along on Instagram.
This mini-project is unfolding into beautiful, face-to-face interconnectivity on the move. I’m grateful for this time to stop and reflect.. and to catch up on episodes of On Being.
In San Francisco I’ll be attending a meet-up of climate activists going to Morocco this November as part of the youth delegation with SustainUS. Then it’s back to the northeast for a few months of coaching rowing at Phillips Exeter before packing up the bicycle and flying to Marrakech.
What piece of advice would you give to your past, present, or future self?
I’m back in a river town that feels like home
and will be hibernating for a spell
while I plant my roots
and let them grow.
Three people have said: “Welcome home.”
It sure feels that way.
I love it here.
After a year and a half without touching an oar, I’m getting back into rowing and will be racing in a single, double, and possibly a quad in early January––yahoo! I’m falling in love with this sport all over again.
On the afternoons when I don’t row, a friend is taking me along to her boxing classes. Old and new movements all at once. This is good. Every punch has a number. More on this later.
I know it’s early to make the call, but it’s a new year and I have a new favorite song.
This is what happens when you spend New Year’s Eve in Tuvalu hanging out listening to music with a bunch of Australian expats. I learned more than I ever knew there was to know about international fisheries law. It’s fascinating, complicated stuff.
No fireworks at midnight, but I went out onto the pitch-black runway at 2am and meditated under a big sky of stars. Grateful, so grateful, for this whirlwind of a trip. For the difficult things. For the storytellers. For the questions.
“Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you,
As a fish out of water hears the waves…
Come back. Come back.
This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.”
May we all have the courage to turn toward what we deeply love.