When I started this blog four years ago, I had the vague idea that it would be a place where I could document my travels and keep my friends and family updated on what I was doing. I had no idea that it would become such an important part of my life, and I certainly didn’t expect so many people to be interested in my travels. Don’t get me wrong, objectively I think it is a pretty interesting story, but I have met lots of people with interesting stories in my life, and mine is just one of the many. So it is with extreme humility and no little awe, that I want to take a moment and recognize the fact that people found what I wrote interesting enough to click on this web page 500,000 times. To me that’s extraordinary and in no small way helps me to remember that my life is different…and different in a good way.
So as the number grew closer, I tried to think of the best way to say thank you. Thank you for caring. Thank you for the support. Thank you for giving me external validation, which I know I shouldn’t need, but hey, I’m human. For liking our pictures and our words. For talking to us as people. Mostly for sharing in the journey and being invested in it. As much time and effort as I have given this blog it has always given more back to me. To illustrate I’d like to share one small story.
If you have been reading all along, you know that dental care has been a huge challenge for us on the road. After RV repairs, it’s probably been my least favorite thing, so last year when we found a dentist that we liked in Oregon we were pretty excited. We started talking about our lifestyle with him to explain our particular challenges and it turned out he was very interested in what we were doing. Sometimes, if it feels right, I’ll share the blog with people, but it’s always an awkward moment for me because it feels a little self-aggrandizing. Still it’s the best way to really explain what it is we do, and sometimes, the person I am sharing it with takes a look and gets hooked. We rarely know when that happens after the fact, but this year when I called to make Lee a dentist appointment the receptionist immediately knew who we were and said “We have been following your travels!”.
Even after five years, when that happens I am still surprised by it, and I was even more surprised when we went to see Ed yesterday and he spent a ton of time in between patients talking to me about what had happened to us in the last year. He doesn’t just skim the blog, he reads it! And through it he knows me. He cares about what happens to us, poked me a little bit because I haven’t written as much as I usually do, and in a very cool way gave me some career advice on what to do next. The blog brought someone into my life who cares about us and not to sound too corny, but ultimately nothing is more important than that. So thank you Ed, and all the other people who share this journey with us. We are truly grateful. And sorry Ed I know you wanted to stay in the background, but that story was just too good not to share 🙂
Faced with this, I wanted to find a cool way to say thank you. Lots of ideas went through my mind, but ultimately I decided to go back and pick out pictures of some of our WOW! moments. It’s easy to lose site of why we do this sometimes, especially when life becomes all about working, and the exercise helped clear my mind, refocus me on what is important, and was a ton of fun. After all, we have done some pretty cool stuff. I hope you like it!
As I am finishing this post up, I realize it comes woefully short of capturing the complexity and joy of the last five years. Yes, when I think about my life there are a series of images that flash through my mind, but the true story is in the details, the small moments, the day in and day out struggles and triumphs. I know it’s presumptuous, but if you haven’t had a chance to read from the beginning I really wish you would. It’s not about getting more hits (although a million would certainly be cool!), it’s about sharing the story arc with you. We are in the middle of our story now, and I have absolutely no idea where all this will end, but I do promise that I will share it all the way through. And once again…thank you!
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