Hi everyone! It's positively b.e.e.'s birthday today!! Yay!!
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I am sooooo thrilled that this site is ONE YEAR OLD!!
That is one full year of disrupting negativity, one post at a time!
🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉
I want to thank you all for being a part of it!
To celebrate (and in lieu of a post tomorrow), let me do something that is typical of my mission statement from one year ago: today I am sharing the story of a person who, to me, is inspiring in some way. By focusing on something inspiring, negativity gets to take a back seat for a while.
You ready? Let's do it!
I saw this story on YouTube's 60 Second Docs about a guy named Chuck, the People Walker.
Here, let's let Chuck introduce himself, shall we?
Chuck is based in Los Angeles, a place not really known for its walkers. LA is a vehicle-based city, unlike other cities that incorporate a lot of bikes, busses, and trains. I once heard a joke that Angelenos get their walking in by going to and from their car. It seems that many people in LA get their exercise in gyms, with personal trainers, or hiking, surfing, rollerblading, etc.
But what about those people (such as myself) who, for one reason or another, just want to take a walk? That's not really a city where people do that, as I observed on a trip there, myself, when I went to take a walk around my hotel and was looked at by hotel staff like I was nuts.
Chuck decided to help people get exercise and companionship by offering his services as a People Walker. He posted tear-off sheets on telephone poles to advertise, and wrote on a T-shirt with sharpie: The People Walker.
Here's the important part, to me, of what Chuck has to offer: COMPANIONSHIP. We all need that in our lives, and you can tell just by watching him interact that he's a good listener and offers so much more than just walking around LA.
For one thing, there are people who don't want to walk alone, whether due to safety, medical, or fear reasons, or they're just lonely. Others may not want or may not be able to pay for a personal trainer, and at a price-per-mile that is very low (only $7/mile at the time I read about it), this seems like a very accessible and affordable route to personal wellness.
Chuck seems to be taking the roadblocks away from getting exercise, plus, there's nothing like a nice chat with someone to make the miles go faster while we improve our health, right?
I noticed when I visited The People Walker website that I had to dig around a little to find Chuck's profile. It doesn't seem to be about him at all; just the service offered. He's now got quite a few people working in various locations throughout the Los Angeles area. Pretty cool, Chuck!
I hope this story inspired you today! Perhaps you're thinking about what you have to offer others, or how you can utilize one of your basic skills to start a business? The sky's the limit, guys! This guy literally just gets dressed in his DIY t-shirt and goes walking!
Have a fantastic week! And thanks for celebrating positively b.e.e.'s birthday with me by reading about The People Walker. 💛🐝