First, we’ve got an update on the winner from our last contest, see the bottom of this post!
I’m a sucker for quotes. Not long ago, I wrote a post about some of my favorite travel quotes. I take “nerd alert” to a level all its own on quotes when I share with you I also have a 57 page document of the quotes that inspire me most. They’re philosophical, they’re comical, they’re challenging, and sometimes they’re just consolation to know others have dreams as lofty as mine, doubts as insecure as my own, and complex views of a world that is anything but simple, it conjures up meaning to the phrase “you are not alone” that carries so much weight with me.
And so walking out of the subway in Hong Kong, there’s a lot that struck me. And as much as Hong Kong is known for this:
It is also a place where words literally leaped off pages, err, walls, and moved me.
But that was one but of a few quotes that inspired me. The others below are equally moving.
The first time I traveled anywhere other than Mexican Border cities, I was 20 years old. I was in Guatemala, scared out of my mind at everything that was different. Oh how the times have changed. In the 11 years that followed, I added another 35 some countries to the list. I lived abroad, studied abroad, and craved being in places that felt so different from what I was used to.
I have one of the best jobs in the world. I work with people in their late teens and early 20’s who have dreams that can’t be subdued. Last week in Tijuana, a few of my students learned that the murals that provide us such incredible inspiration at friendship park on the border wall that divides the United States from Mexico in friendship park can be painted by anyone.
They’re determined to add their voice to the conversation at the border, and paint a mural that speaks to their shared experience learning about solidarity. The idea of dreaming of painting and then painting a dream, it transcends art and creeps into our day-to-day shared existence as we ponder what kind of world we want to take part in building.
I’m not an artist, but I appreciate art. When a song like Glory moves me to tears, or a movie like Good Will Hunting provides life lessons more than 10 years after it was created, I find myself in awe at the power of art.
Yes, Hong Kong is many things. But I really enjoyed sitting underground with these murals in Hong Kong, and then coming above ground, grabbing a drink, and sitting and discussing what all this even means with Laura as we soaked in views like these from our hotel room…
Finally, congrats to the winner from our year of blogging post contest. Congrats to Jen P who commented on Facebook! We’ll be in touch to arrange getting you your pajamas! Stay tuned for more contests to come!
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