I am overjoyed to be writing to you from just one days walk outside of Harrisburg. It’s been two weeks and a day(13 days of actual walking) and over 240 miles since I’ve left Pittsburgh. In that time I’ve met so many wonderful people and had so many wonderful expreiences that it would be impossible to describe them all. I have been overwhelmed my generousity and support I have received from absolutely everyone I have encountered. Every single encounter I’ve had has been so uplifting I feel more and more inspired with each passing day.
The kindness and goodness of all the people I’ve been meeting is something I want to stress because I feel that too often all we hear about on the news (or at least most of what we hear) is all the bad things that are going on in the world. We have two wars going, we are dealing with the greatest environmental diaster possibly ever, and every day people around the countrty are getting shot and robbed. We hear about tragedies like these on a daily basis. What we don’t hear about enough are 8-10 people who voluteer at the local food pantry in a rural central PA town, people that probably are all that more well off than the people they are helping. We don’t hear about the people that reach into their pockets and pull out the few bucks they have to offer to a kid with a huge backpack and tired legs. And we don’t hear about the people who open their hearts and homes to a complete stranger just out of the goodness of their heart. We don’t hear about these things but they happen everyday, a lot more than one might think after having watched the news. I know because I’ve seen it and experienced it. I would not be hear right now writing this if not for the incredible kindness of others. The world is filled with good people doing good things. Don’t let the news depress you. Yes there’s some terrible things that happen but there is so much more good that are happening.
As I have been walking I have been filled with so much hope and so much optimism through each and every encounter I’ve had. Just know that there is a lot more good than bad out there and there are a lot of people working really hard to make things even better.
Thank you all for your continued support and hopefully I’ll be able to get out updates a little more regularly over the last half of my walk.