My words from Traveling at the Speed of Life. #hugtheworld
For National High5 Day - here’s one of my earliest High5 pics- here I am, clueless to the fact that this gesture would typify my life.
In the left corner you can see my mother smiling and probably thinking, ‘my son’s an idiot’ Go High5 someone today
Happy Saturday Everyone!!
I just got a hug, high5 and a smile from a princess on her way to the Union League’s Date with Dad Dance.
Yesterday I, again, had the honor of giving a talk to a class of Cal State Northridge freshman who are reading my first book ’Traveling at the Speed of Life.’ Fielding questions about my life and bicycle travels across North America, Africa and Asia was cool but answering those questions in a way that will spur on their future endeavors and dreams was thrilling.
Also, it was funny to see the student’s expressions when I told them that they should be very inspired about their possibilities because, when I was a freshman at Temple U, I was a less than stellar student and never dreamed that i would live a book worthy life or have the talent to write that book.
So, thank you Professor Glocke for continuing to use my book for your class - it really is honoring.
And, thank you students- especially the student who applauded me for being so honest in my writing. “..most writers act like they’re the smartest guys in the room but, not you...you the most honest man which makes you….smarter”
The lesson: Be honest- Be smarter. #hugtheworld #travelingatthespeedoflife
This man just sat down across from me in crowded cafe and said, “Hey man, how ya doing; whatcha working on?” “Hugging the world,” I said with a smile. “Why?” “To try and make the world smile.” “Shit, you’re doing it already; I’m smilin’. Now, whats the plan?" That’s all it took and over the next 20-30 minutes - we chatted about my travels, my route, his new found sobriety, his 3 sons, his going back to church, my parents and more. We shared a laugh, shed a quick tear, high5’d a bunch, hugged twice and I don’t even think he ever gave me his name.
When I gave him my card, i told him to call me if he ever needs a hug and I will deliver it. “I have no doubt, big man, no doubt at all.” I can’t make this up.
One of the last paragraphs from the “I Go Where My Love Takes Me” chapter of my first book Traveling at the Speed of Life #hugtheworld