Few people have inspired me during the early part of this Primility journey like Sonia Thompson.
Not only was she one of the very first people to request a wristband (#9 right here!), she has always been willing to lend an encouraging word, comment on posts, share posts with her audience, and take the time to email me when she encounters primility impacting her daily life.
Sonia is the kind of person who makes you feel appreciated for the role you play in her life. We all need more such people in our lives, who lift us up and make us better.
So it is with great pleasure that I share with you the following email that Sonia sent me … about her impending adventure that I bet you’re going to wish you could join her on.
(Note: Sonia did not email me intending for it to end up on the blog. I just loved the story, so I asked her if I could share it with you, which she agreed to let me do.)
Subject: 2 Months of Daily Primility
I’m writing to you from Ecuador. I got here a week ago, and its the first leg of a 2 month long adventure as I explore a few countries in South America. I decided to take advantage of the lifestyle entrepreneurship allows me to lead.
I’ve always loved to travel – and as I get better at doing it on a budget and really experiencing life the way the locals do – I was quickly reminded of how humbling this whole experience can be (one of the reasons why I enjoy traveling).
This trip – like my others started of course with a daily struggle. Pride – in terms of feeling like I am past the point of staying in hostels and experiencing conditions that are less than what I’m used to. A pride that fuels my desire to want to increase my budget so I can upgrade the way I’m traveling just a bit.
And humility in realizing that much of the world does not live with the expectation of the luxuries we have come to take for granted in countries like the U.S. That I’m not too good to ride local buses, use the facilities that the locals use, or to give it my best try at speaking to the locals in their native language (even when I’m not too good at it).
The good news? My pride is getting in check, as my humility wins out. And then it flips – because my pride wants me to experience more of the local way. I see it as a personal challenge to ride the local buses – even for obscenely long distances (on Sunday I take off for a 36-hour bus ride to Peru!), and to use my spanish even when the person I’m talking to speaks english, so I can get better at communicating.
The more I get in balance – the more enriching the trip becomes. And I’m looking forward to how this whole thing continues to evolve and change me and my world view over the next two months.
So I just wanted to share a bit with you – to let you know Primility is at the forefront of my mind each day of this adventure. And I”m sure it will be for a while.
What I love about Sonia’s email — in addition to the enthusiasm that just leaps off the screen as you read it — is how she perfectly encapsulates the nuance of pride.
At first, she describes pride in a negative light, as something to be overcome. Later in the email, pride becomes a positive — a feeling that is motivating her to accept personal challenges.
In the middle, of course, was humility balancing it all out.
It absolutely makes my day when I get emails like these from people like Sonia, for whom primility is having a real impact on her daily life.
Here’s a little taste of what her adventure will be like …
Below is the uncropped version of the image at the top of this post, in which Sonia is in Banos, Ecuador about to ride up a mountain in the back of someone’s truck. Her comment:
Not sure I would have done this at home. 😉
Safe travels Sonia! Can’t wait to hear all about it …
[Note: Heather and I are on vacation this week, so if you submit a comment that goes into the moderation queue I may not be able to approve it right away. But I’ll get it to it as soon as I can. Your patience is much appreciated.]