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WHY the Mongol Rally: Tabitha

Written by: Tabitha

"I want to tackle this insane journey head on and freaking squeeze every drop of awesome experience out of it. If I can do this I can do anything. I want to challenge the best and worst of myself while experiencing the best and worst of humanity."
Paula posted the rally invite and I INSTANTLY said count me in for this overland misadventure. The fact that my gut reacted so quickly is the reason I HAVE NOT questioned its “rightness” in my life. If my basic intuition and desire says “I’M ALL IN” there’s a good reason why. And apparently my intuition says it’s time to drive across a couple continents.
No one talks about travel without mentioning how they were changed. That is what I crave. I want to be exposed to cultures around the world in order to stretch my mind and heart. I want my eyes to be opened to other people’s daily reality and take that with me so I might be a catalyst for change. I want to experience cultures around the world in order to stretch my mind and heart.
I want my heart to break and my compassion to be inspired because I am deeply convicted that every human life matters and should be held as precious by the rest of humanity.
I see most Americans sleepwalking through seductively comfortable lives. If my words can wake them out of their selfish sleep and inspire loving action for humanity I will have succeeded. Can I expose the reality I meet on this epic journey and make these humans real to the people at home so that they are not faceless?
I want to tackle this insane journey head on and freaking squeeze every drop of awesome experience out of it. If I can do this I can do anything. And when I say “this” I mean shitting in bushes, sleeping even though I’m cold, being nice even when I feel like I’m going crazy, driving through the Gobi desert with menstrual cramps, and learning how to fail gracefully because there will be things that I don’t do perfectly. I want to challenge the best and worst of myself while experiencing the best and worst of humanity.
There's this crazy yearn to travel inside me and even though my exterior can deceive you into thinking I'm soft and girlie, under all this is a girl who grew up in the wilds of northern Maine, learned to drive Dodge Neon through backwoods roads and potato fields, hiked every summer with at risk youth, and become a ballet dancer at age 22, blisters and all.
Who am I?  I'm a writer, a dancer, a yogi, a coffee addict, and a lover of people.  I'm a wife (recently!), a terrible baker, a newbie longboarder, and a dog lover.  I'm passionate, determined, strong-willed; a questioner and a non-conformist.  I'm creative and forward thinking and terrible with numbers.  I'm the extrovertiest extrovert and an avid reader.
I make a living handling social media and blogging for a client who makes wedding jewelry, and also working at the ski resorts in Big Bear California as a host.  Which means I talk to people all day and find ways to make their mountain experience memorable.  My husband, Brandon and I are accidentally living in Big Bear this winter, but we also do business and live in Ventura County just west of LA.
I'm so looking forward to seeing how I come out on the other end of this.  As the least traveled of our group I'm just flinging my heart open to all the experiences and possibilities that I'm about to find myself plunged into.  With pen to paper (fingers to key board?) I am going to write about every single little thing and how it integrates into my reality. And hopefully yours, too.
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