What makes this trip so different for me is that I’m not just traveling for pleasure.
I’m driving for a purpose.
Now don’t get me wrong, I will take great pleasure in seeing many of the amazing faces and places along the way. I will enjoy making new friends and reconnecting with longtime friends. And I will get a kick out of watching the road of life open up before my very eyes. So I definitely don’t want to downplay the shear, abundant and surprising pleasure I will get from taking and sharing this trip with you.
But since there is more life in the rear view mirror than there is ahead in the windshield, I now have a greater purpose driving everything I do.
With that said, here are some of my main purposes for this trip.
First, as I mentioned in my previous chapters, I want to encourage others to join me – be it physically, emotionally, spiritually or vicariously – along the way. And I also hope my awkward attempts to learn new technologies necessary to properly share this journey will inspire others to do the same.
Secondly, I plan to donate some of my time and expertise as a photographer in order to make a difference in people’s lives. That might mean I photograph an event to raise money or awareness for a local charity, worthy cause or family in need. It might mean I get to shoot family photos for someone who has served to protect our country. It might mean I am blessed to photograph a struggling single Mom or Dad needing a professional portrait for work or a personal photo to bolster their self-esteem. But whatever or whoever it is, you can be assured that I will give it my best shot – so to speak – to make their world a little more picture perfect.
Lastly, I hope to be like the little boy with the starfish.
Here’s the story if you haven’t heard it before.
An old man was walking the beach littered with starfish washed up after a storm. He saw a little boy bend down to pick them up, one by one, and toss them gently back into the ocean. The old man saw the futility of the intended acts of mercy and told him sadly, “There are thousands of starfish stranded on this beach. You will never be able to make a difference.” The boy paused a minute, then bent down to get another starfish and placed it back in the water. Then with a smile he replied, “I made a difference for that one.”
So it is that I hope to make a positive, encouraging, supportive and life-enriching difference for some of the people I meet – be it face to face or joining me online. And I hope and pray that I am able to bless their lives as much as they are blessing mine.
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