Saguaro trio / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
The most common question I get about my trip is ‘why are you doing this?’ They usually think I crave adventure and hated my job, or rejected capitalism or America and the hustle. But no it’s not that. It was because of two ideas that I read. One was from Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. He studied what makes people extraordinary. Like Bill Gates, the Beatles, etc. He came up with a catchy theory: 10,000 hours. If you do anything for 10,000 hours, you will become an expert in that thing. That seemed to be a common denominator in the subjects of Gladwell’s book. Of course it’s a catchy theory and probably not entirely true, but it certainly got me thinking: what would my 10,000 hours be? What would I dedicate myself to? And my answer was writing. That realization changed my life. I knew I had to get busy about the business of my calling. Then I read a quote, often attributed to ol’ Benji Franklin. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” That was it. I knew I had to do both. That was all when I was 27. And here I am four years and three tattoos later in Buenos Aires chasing it all down. #OregonToPatagonia #tenthousandhours
Jan Brueghel the Elder and Giulio Cesare Procaccini. Detail from Wreath with the Virgin and Child with Two Angels, 1619.