In the past few years, I have been lucky enough to talk with passionate individuals who are living truly inspiring lives. These people, whether they are writers, oyster-farmers, career conservationists, sustainable carpenters, or simply enthusiastic naturalists, have chosen lifestyles that involve freedom, adventure, and most of all a true appreciation of nature, art, and science.
As a naturally inquisitive person, the conversations started just as a benefit to my own personal curiosity, and most remained mostly undocumented. However, I quickly realized how important it is to share these stories, and I began to chronicle and curate them so that they can hopefully inspire other as they have done for me. At that point, inspiring people and stories spawned from every combination possible. People I met and admired. People I never met but still admired. People I met and never knew I admired until I started talking to them, unintentionally uncovering what made them tick, only to find out that they had a passion project all of their own. With each conversation or meeting, I left energized and exhilarated, with a stronger intention that I would go out and do something all my own.
Currently, my passion is a side-project, not my life, but I am learning a little bit from every conversation that I have from people who have turned their own passion into their everyday existence, and one day, hope to do the same.
Below are the stories...
Recalling what she learned in her training, Beth’s eyes followed the direction the giraffes were gazing. It didn’t take her long to realize that all of them were being watched by one of Africa’s Big Five. Not too far away, a leopard lay benignly under a bush, casually assessing lunch options. Using her intuition and…