When I was 36, I spent a month in Spain, and I never regretted that I missed running with the bulls in Pamplona. But today I heard the below interview with travel blogger Jeannie Mark, known as the Nomadic Chick, and began to wonder if I’ve spent my life being too careful. Jeannie plans to run during the next Fiesta de San Fermin. If I were not now fifty with a slight neuropathy (or nerve weakness) in my left foot, her enthusiasm might tempt me to join her.
My favorite moment in her interview, other than Jeannie’s infectious laugh, is when she talks about her philosophical take on the risks, such as getting caught in a pileup. She says: “In some crazy way, maybe I believe that is also how life works, that sometimes you just go along the path and things happen.” This may be at the core of every traveler’s philosophy about the risks we take when we step outside the comfort zone of home and seek new experiences in a wider world.
First, here’s a correction Jeannie also makes on her own blog: in the interview, she says the run is 860 meters, but it’s actually 825 meters. And now, I highly recommend giving her a listen. Her laugh alone may inspire you to actively seek to create more joy in your life:
This past Thursday evening on It Matters Radio, I enjoyed one of the most delightful interviews it has been my privilege to give, thanks to the talent, humor, and warmth of hosts Monica Brinkman and Kenneth Weene. We talked about aspects of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands, that I haven’t often delved into with audiences. I was grateful for the opportunity to remind myself and others of the pain we can cause ourselves when we try to force relationships to turn out the way we think they should, and the joy we create for ourselves when we approach life and love as an adventure in which we open our hearts and minds to possibility. In my case, travel helped open me up and set me free. What is it for you?
If you missed that 30-minute interview, here’s the link, and here’s hoping you enjoy it as much as I did:
On Monday, December 6, you can listen in on my radio tour as I share travel tips and talk about “They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love, World Travel and the Power of Running Away.” I’ll be on the radio during morning drive-time from coast-to-coast. A couple of shows are national. Hit this link for a rundown of where and when you can tune in: