Today, I am going to return my return my passport in order to have a new one replaced. I've traveled all over the world. I've been to more than 50 countries and islands. I've stayed in fancy 5 star hotels. I've slept outside. I've been woken up by local wildlife tramping through my camp. I've swam with sharks and I've jumped out of planes.
I was looking through my passport yesterday at all the stamps and stickers and visas. I've accomplished a lot in my 35 years of life. Yet I have not reached my destination. I have a long way to go and each day I am going to step closer to what will eventually define my life.
Before Zoë was born, she visited Canada with Laura and me on our honeymoon. It seems fitting that we should plan our next big vacation with our neighbors to the north. That is why I am having my passport replaced. It expired last month. I will miss the sticker and stamp from my Chinese visa to study in Beijing. There is also the business visa I have from my time spent in South Africa. Those are great memories. But the exciting ones are yet to be formed.
Two days ago, we hosted the First Annual Zoë Festival. What a blast. Everyone had a great time. The music rocked. The food was delicious. The entertainment...well, they were definitely entertaining! We raised a lot of money to battle MRT and made a bunch of new friends. I cannot even begin to thank everyone who attended or volunteered to help us set up or prepare for Zoë Fest. It was an amazing night. I hope we can do it again and again for at least the next 50 years of my life!
The next step in my journey will take place again in Rhode Island. Thanks to the Feinstein Foundation I am going to begin my classes in nonprofit studies in less than ten days. I can't wait to begin. Who knows where this turn in my journey will take me. It is exciting to be where I am doing everything I am working for. Thank you to everyone who supports me with donations and kind words of encouragement. I am so grateful that you all are behind me helping me with each step of my journey.