Everywhere you go, there you are

“Everywhere you go, there you are.”

What do you suppose that means? Take a moment. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

You got it? Sweet.

I first heard this proverb while traveling through Oregon. It was a straight piece of advice given to me by a wise man whom I volunteered alongside of at Buford Park. He looked me in the eyes, quoted that statement, and then asked if I understood.

I hesitated to say yes.

He then repeated: “Everywhere you go, there you are -- everywhere you go, there you are --”

(Proverbs seem to work best when there’s an “ah-ha” moment. And that’s what happened. The lights finally came on upstairs.)

Once he saw that I understood, he continued, saying, “a man has to be sure that he’s not trying to run away from himself; otherwise he’ll just end up miserable wherever he goes.”

So true and so pointed.

I remember lying awake, well into the morning, evaluating my current traveling adventure. It took a while, but I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t running away from myself and that my motives were pure.

Needless to say, I’m not running away this time either. Actually -- I feel as if I’m running toward something.

Something fun. Something interesting. Something great. It just feels right.

So why do this?

Plain and simple:
For joy.
To create.
To help.
To live.
For fun.

I’m not sure there’s more to life than a combination of these, but they do a great job of explaining why I want to do what I’m about to do. You might even say that I have no other choice (it’s that strong of a nudge).

So on March 25, 2012, I’ll be departing for Pennsylvania (which was chosen by popular vote) to live, discover, and connect.

So no matter where I go, there I’ll be.

(And I hope you’ll be there too; in one form or another.)

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