I got to sit by this girl on the airplane out of Anchorage~what a brilliant, shining soul! We talked about our travels around the world, not going to college for a while, especially when you’re not sure what you want to do with your life, living life on pennies, and even so, living it to the fullest with a full, open heart, and being kind of nomads: http://rainingpennies.weebly.com
Even just the first quote on her blog (Raining Pennies) is fantastic:
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
– e.e cummings
She reminds me of the quote:
Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It is more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask no security. There never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the sloth, which hangs upside down in a tree all day, every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that, shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass. -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
This weekend I got to go to a Cerner (our new electronic medical record) conference in Kansas City, hopefully to get a feel for what great potential there is in this technology to make patient care better, and to learn more about it all. I like traveling, A. because I get to fly and I love flying and B. because It always reminds me that there is so much kindness and beauty in the world. In the airport there is so much love and emotion evident. You see strangers who take the time to look out for each other, and meet such cool people in their journey of life. I sat by another kind soul who easily, without a hesitation, helped an elderly woman get on the plane and patiently waited and helped her get out of her seat, saw a girl run to find a man after he lost his phone, people laugh and joke with strangers, with each other, on the plane and in the shuttle van, each bright soul bringing a little more grace and beauty in the world.
Almost everybody knows almost everybody on the 737 out of Nome. But it still made me smile on the flight from Nome, when we landed in Anchorage, two little passenger girlfriends (maybe 5 years old?) who found each other were asking their moms if they could have a slumber party. Where else in the world do kids make slumber party plans on a jet plane?
Oh and one more thing, the Indian food in Kansas City is delicious! 😛