How many strangers did you speak to today? How many of them did you actually have a conversation with?
I have met some lovely people during my 9 days in Vancouver and with this post, I’d like to tell you about them.
The person who had the biggest affect on me was Richard Reynolds. He is a pilates instructor at YYoga on Burrard Street. I attended 2 of his classes and wish I had of stumbled into his class earlier. I have never had so much fun doing exercise in all my life. Imagine laughing out loud while in plank or after doing the 100.
“I love this stuff. I can do the 100 all day long.”
“I am strong.”
These are the kinds of statements he would ask us to repeat, loudly, during class! And at the end of class, “I am beautiful. I am very beautiful. The Universe loves me very much.”
He’s a true gem and I implore you to take his class if you are ever in Vancouver.
Rich Reynolds, I salute you.
The day I went to Grounds for Coffee for an indulgence of their ooey, gooey goodness of a soft, sugar and spice sweet bread swirl called a cinnamon bun,
I met Jason, a young Brit in Vancouver on a working holiday.
I sat beside him in the comfy chair section and had no intention of striking up a conversation with him but after he jumped up to assist an elderly couple in the door, I verbally applauded him. From there, we got to know each over a hot cuppa and sweet bread. Jason impressed me with his manners and the fact that he is making the most with his life. He’s doing stuff that makes him happy and it shows.
Jason, I salute you.
Earlier that same day, I hulled my ass up to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I’ve always steered cleared of this place because of my fear of bridges…..walking over bridges specifically.
But, there is a new attraction there called the Cliff Walk, which is a walk-way projected out from the cliff side. I thought, “Sure, no problem.” Well, I found it hard to let go of the railings on my shuffling toward the middle, where an older lady was just standing, enjoying the view.
I thought to myself, ‘She’ll be the perfect person to take a photo of me.’ And she did. That’s it below.
But she did more than that. She engaged in a conversation about skydiving and life in general and it was nice; friendly and warm. And our chatting continued up the stairs and down the planked path to the glass shelf look-out. I was hesitant about stepping on it but she took my hand and pulled me on. Sometimes, that’s all we need; gentle, loving guidance and for someone to say it’ll be ok. And that’s what she did for me. She spoke of wanting to do a tandem skydive someday and I egged her on. I hope she does it and I wish I could be there to hold her hand but I won’t be. Some things you just have to push yourself to do on your own.
And it was on my own that I crossed that damn suspension bridge!! The first go was terrifying and I held both sides of the railing while shadowing an equally terrified woman the entire way. On the way back though, I did it mostly hands-free while chanting to myself, “I AM FEARLESS.” I even stopped and asked another stranger to take a photo of me. I was inspired by the kindness of the nice lady on the cliff walk – I wish I had of asked her name.
Nice Lady in North Vancouver, I salute you!!
When I spent an afternoon at Granville Island, I stopped to take a sneaky photo of a working wizard, or magician if you like and had no intention of being the subject of a magic trick but suddenly, I found myself at his side.
Dave Moon is his name and I was blown away by his abilities. I don’t know how he did it, but he actually read my mind. Scary, I know. It wasn’t just a close enough guess, it was spot on. He also did a card trick that he told me was slight of hand, but damn, he was very slick. In his deck of cards, there are many signatures: one per card. These signatures belong to the up and coming actors who work in the movies being filmed in Vancouver, or anyone who may be famous someday. I told him that I will be famous one day so he let me pick any free card to sign. My card is the 8 of hearts. Thanks Dave!!!
Dave Moon, I salute you.
At my request, I met Independent Travel Writer, John Lee. He’s a successful freelance writer and he was very generous with his time, information and advice about the industry. I respect him and I’m so grateful to him for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with me. I definitely owe him a beer – thanks for paying because I did not have cash on me (and believe it or not, The Railway Club does not take EFTPOS). Thanks, John.
John Lee, I salute you.
Over the past week, I’ve learned to not be afraid of people. Something that sticks with me from the I CAN DO IT conference is the message of cooperation that we could have with each other instead of wars and fighting. Imagine that? If we all cooperated, would there be any such thing as WAR?
Talk to each other. We are all human. We all want to be loved and needed. You could be the difference to someone’s day just by saying hello with a smile. That smile and kind word may lead to a conversation that may lead to a friendship that may lead to a relationship that may lead to abundance in each other’s lives.
Marianne Williamson gave us all a great gift when she asked us to project love to strangers (without their knowledge) by thinking the words, “The love in me salutes the love in you”. I actually do this several times a day now and I believe it is impossible to be grumpy, angry or depressed during this practice. Try it and see.
I salute you all!!!