Imagine a homeless woman around 60 years old. She lives in a cold, wet city located at 10,000 feet of altitude. At 5am each morning she walks around the plaza to warm up. She has no shoes. Her feet feel the raw early morning cold.
When people see her they look the other way, perhaps thinking to themselves, “Oh how sad, that poor homeless woman has no shoes.” Or perhaps they think nothing at all.
The reason I love Stevie so much is that she never looks the other way in life. Her reaction to the cruelty and injustice in the world is always the same…
“Oh no, that poor woman doesn’t have any shoes. We need to get her some”
Stevie does not approach life from a position of fear or scarcity. She is the type of person who would give you the clothes off her back.
Over the years she has taught me to “give a shit” about others and about our planet. Her example has moved me to action, and has moved me to change. Compassion, right action, and authenticity is how she lives her life.
While watching this scene the other morning, I couldn’t help but to wonder how many people in the US would be receiving new shoes for Christmas this year.
So many people in the world don’t have the things that the rest of us buy and throw away every day.
Or the things that we just take for granted, like a home or uncontaminated water. I really hope the world changes one day, but as Stevie is always saying…
“We have to be the change we want to see”
Our 4 day stay in Cajamarca was wonderful. We really liked this colonial city and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Peru. It’s a must.
The people are very friendly, and of course they all love Kiki!
“Que Raza Es”?
Cajamarca super market…
Traveling with Julio and Lauren has been great. They are so relaxed and mellow and fun to be around. We met 4 gals from Chile and had a fun jam session our last day in Cajamarca…
Our goal was to spend Christmas in Chachapoyas, which is on the other side of the Mountains in the Amazon. We left early in the morning knowing it was a 14-16 hour drive away. The drive was long and hard. We got hopelessly lost in Chiclayo. There were absolutely no road signs anywhere and the GPS went rogue. Eventually we had to hire a motor taxi to guide us out of the city. He decided to take dirt back roads and it was hell following him. But we made it.
Once we cleared the mountains and entered the Amazon the drive was super beautiful.
I’m going to say the last 4 hours was the most beautiful driving we’ve done this year, and that’s a big statement!
There was a lot of traffic on the road, and they didn’t seem to like the Sprinter much…
We arrived in Chachapoyas safe and we’re ready to celebrate Christmas! We already love this place. Like I said, it is REALLY beautiful!
We plan to stay here maybe 3 or 4 days and then head back down to the coast to catch some waves at Lobitos.
Merry Christmas everyone. We love you!
SPRINTER LIFE POSSE
Tree, Stevie, Kiki, Julio, Lauren