Monday, July 3, 2017

An Unexpected Journey, Part II

A little while back I wrote a post titled An Unexpected Journey, which chronicled the surprising path my life took as a result of helping to fund an indie musician. Now, a year and a half later, as I've told the continuing unfolding of this tale, a few people have asked me to write a follow-up.

So, here it goes...

As I closed my post on February 2nd, 2016, I found myself in a position I would have never imagined:

Suddenly, this group of YouTubers who I had admired at a distance for the past 5 years were becoming my friends. Beyond that, they introduced me to a plethora of new friends who I was excitedly getting to know. That, as it turns out, was only the start of the huge turn my life would take.

Josh Taylor, the mastermind behind said YouTube channel, made a big announcement: they decided it would be fun to meet their supporters in person and invited us all to hang out with their crew in Nashville! I've always wanted to go to Nashville! I was the first person to buy a plane ticket.

Silly as it sounds, that city had been on my bucket list for several years- not because of the country music scene, or even because of the city itself... 

It was because all my life I had wanted to see fireflies. Yes. Fireflies. A friend once told me that those sparkly little bugs reside in that region. So did the BlimeyCow channel crew. Maybe, thought 2011 me, I will someday go see fireflies in Nashville and get lucky and run into the Taylors. Pretty sure 18 year old Sarah would have flipped out if she had known she would indeed go to Nashville, but would be specifically invited by the Taylors and end up sharing a house with 10 of the coolest people she's ever known.

As it turns out, my friends from that trip would become some of the most valuable relationships ever.

Through the trip and many following calls, texts, and video chats, these people helped me through what turned out to be the most difficult year of my life. I was told that I helped them too. It's a beautiful thing, despite the fact that they are all hundreds (if not thousands!) of miles away, that we could be there for each other so much and make a difference.

They also became my best travel mates.

We've played with the world's largest Radio Flyer wagon and explored the world's largest used bookstore.

We've journeyed down into the basin of a massive waterfall and up into the mountains of Canada.

We've played in city snow and wilderness snow.

We once even had a brush with death!

This crew is even partially responsible for me having left my job.

What?! You're likely wondering. Yes, yes it's true. Thanks to one of my Nashville housemates (the guy laying across everyone on the couch in our big group photo above), I recently left work and got involved in an apprenticeship program called Praxis. You can meet him in the video below:

It's crazy, connecting all the dots.

Actually, it sounds a little creepy. My mother would probably have completely freaked out if someone left her with a prophecy stating "When your daughter grows up, she will meet a bunch of boys on the internet who will cause her to travel all over the continent and quit her job." But that's life- and life doesn't always go quite how you expect it will. 

In the end, all I can say is this:

Have fun, help people, and be prepared for a wild ride.

And to the BlimeyCow trio (Josh, Jordan, and Kelli): 
Thanks for the adventure :)

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