It's been a little over a month since my last Car Window Poetry blog post, but I want to let you know I'm still alive. I'm breathing. I'm embracing this adventure I'm on and learning life is found the more you give up control and allow yourself permission to BE in places where love is present.
Last night, I got to spend over three hours on a noisy rooftop in Denver sharing stories with two friends I didn't even know existed around this time last year.
Alex Radelich is the executive director of Explore Kindness, a nonprofit that is essentially Alex and our friend Dalton Lemert traveling the country in an RV performing random acts of kindness. Mary Latham is the heart behind MORE GOOD. For the past 272 days, Mary has been traveling from state-to-state gathering stories of hope she can compile into a book and donate to hospital waiting rooms once she completes her journey.
Alex and I met through our friends Alli & Nicole who founded Rauthenticity, which is a creative community that celebrates vulnerability. In the time Alex and I have known each other, which only ranges back to last November, we've been able to hang out multiple times in different cities.
During a trip I took to LA this past April, Alex and I found ourselves on a beach surrounded by friends who are all making a difference in the world whether it be through inspiring kindness at schools across the U.S. or collecting random people's stories at coffee shops all over. Because we all have similar missions, it didn't take long for us all to be laughing over a game of Spaceteam, which you should definitely check out if you haven't played it yet!
As Alex and I raved to Mary about this community, she told us about how, when she comes home to New York to shoot wedding photography to raise money for her trip, she feels a pull to get back on the road as soon as possible because she doesn't have people who share her same heart and mission back at home.
While sad that Mary hadn't had this awesome, inspiring community around her, I was excited that, simply upon sharing this collective experience on a rooftop in Denver, Mary had gotten "jumped" into Alex and I's "Spaceteam" whether she knew it or not. We already have a list of people in mind that we want her to stay with as she travels to her next few cities.
Driving to my friend's house afterward to get some sleep, I was filled with deep gratitude as I thought about how amazing it is that you can't plan who's going to show up in your life. But when you step out and show up in places where love is present, you're bound not to be there alone. There are others searching, too.
By saying yes to Car Window Poetry, I've met so many new friends who share my desire to leave this world better than we found it. It's my belief that humanity is a giant web, and the world gets smaller as your dreams get bigger.
And guess what.
A smaller world is easier to change.