Last Friday was a friend's birthday party, and I wanted to make sure I caught the tail end of it (since I'd gone to church and an art show earlier that evening). I arrived to this speakeasy bar, and the birthday boy kindly introduced me to his friends, explaining that I was about to go on this "Global...trip...hunt...Something" --the common name for The Global Scavenger Hunt.
Despite the fact that it was my friend's birthday and he deserved to be in the limelight, he encouraged me to wax poetic about my upcoming adventures to some of his friends.
Two of those friends, a married couple, were well-traveled themselves (having visited 90 countries, maybe? Like, legit well-traveled) and they took an interest in my story. We talked until it was time for them to leave to help their daughter prep for the ACT the next day. That night I learned about Russian visa requirements --it seems unlikely we'll be going there; they told me to look at "visa upon arrival" countries-- and what it's like to visit Egypt and Pakistan and I'm sure I mentioned my love for Greece...
Before they left, we exchanged business cards, and today I followed up with an email just to say how nice it was to meet them and please follow my blog.*
*yeah yeah. To be fair, I promoted our Global Scavengers on a Mission page because that's more important than my blog.
Well, two things happened.
The first is that they immediately donated money, so that was amazing--to invest so much toward a cause for someone whom they just met two days ago was such a humbling experience.
But secondly, they wrote me the kindest email. They said that after we parted ways on Friday, they couldn't stop talking about this trip and about what an experience it would be for me and how my free spirit would lend itself to this adventure. There conversation over the weekend kept coming back to this trip.
It was one of the greatest affirmations, not in a "look at how awesome I am" kind of way, but in a way that encourages me and gives me hope that Mark and I will be able to inspire others along this journey. We want people--you!--to come with us, to be a part of our story, so that all of us together can play a role in changing the lives of those in need, and ultimately, changing the world.