The Journey to 86
According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, "86" is a slang term that is used in the American popular culture as a transitive verb to mean throw out or get rid of, particularly in the food service industry as a term to describe an item no longer available on the menu, or to refuse service to a customer. The Merriam Webster dictionary suggests the term may be associated with the word "nix" ("no" or a more general prohibition).
I've been carrying some baggage that I need to get rid of---past hurt, trust issues, anxiety, and a bunch of doubt about my self worth because of how I allowed others to treat me. The weight has become so heavy it has affected my own value of self. And so in honor of my recovery to live while letting old habits die (depression and anxiety), I'm going to visit 86 places I've never been to or people I have never met that inspire me to live on. To sucker punch depression in the nose. To lean in. To engage in dialogue. To learn to be a happier and stronger me. To love again, both myself and another. I have been there before. A place unknown, and somebody held my hand til I was ready. We cannot love others if we do not love ourselves first. This is a lesson I know all to well. So for now, I rid the space inside of me filled with hurt and doubt from others, and fill it with beautiful strangers, and places. I will fill it with trust and confidence, and a happier me. So that it can again spill on to others. From visiting IG photographer Theron Humphrey and his dog Maddie in Tennessee, to the So Worth Loving Small business in Georgia, and the sands of Joshua Tree, to Crater Lake, and finishing at the spiritual journey of El Camino Santiago in Spain. There's also a few places in which you get to guide me. So tell me what to see---an initiative/place/cause/a store/a person.....that has inspired you from around the world while sitting in your living room----and I'll add them to my list of visits.
Oh and just a note. You'll see this coffee cup wherever I go, a re-gifted Christmas present..... to me. I'll also be handing out map flowers to the wondrous people I meet. But they must pass on the flower to someone who needs a new journey more then me, he, or she.