Last week, a really amazing person passed away in an accident on Mt. Kilimanjaro. His name was Scott Dinsmore, and he was the face and example of Live Your Legend.
I’m not really the kind of person who gets bogged down by death – for me its just part of life, and not the end.
But Scott was a tremendous spirit, and his presence is certainly missed.
Several years ago, when I started out on my journey to become That Balance Chick, I started following Scott and participating in the LYL community. He certainly played a role in getting me started, and focusing on what it is I love, instead trying to make ends meat.
Already it is clear that his message lives on through the tribe he built, and I’m sure he is happy to see all those he motivated pursuing their own personal legends.
Personally, I think anything that happens in your life, directly or indirectly, occurs because you need something from it.
And one of the things I loved about Scott, was that he was always always himself. And that was his magic.
I was reminded of this quality at Blues on the Bridge in Broom County this weekend. There was a girl, obviously on the spectrum to some degree, completely rocking out.
She pulled out all the stops for the songs she liked. Even got down on one knee, hands in the rocker sign, and bobbing her head.
I loved watching her.
She was so into her own enjoyment, that you couldn’t help but smile and feel a little warmed up.
It reminded me that being you and enjoying your life to the fullest doesn’t just help you. It helps the people around you as well.
Sure, maybe they’ll just stand back and watch in awe of you, without ever giving you the slightest idea. And maybe some will let you know.
But chances are, they’ll take that experience, and be inspired to be unapologetically their self.
And that might just expand outward in a never ending circle, all because you had the courage to do what you love.
I can’t think of a more powerful way to change the world.
So go be you.
We’re all counting on you. <3