I hope I can continue the idea of giving people a chance rather than just saying it. People in prison say that if they do their time, they’ll be able to start their lives over when they get out, and it’s not true. We are very quick to judge and push people away. I want to give people a chance without judging them by what they’ve been through or what they were raised in. People should be given opportunities rather than being expected to hide from who they are. I hope that the idea of being able to benefit from a blank slate and being able to accomplish so much with so little continues beyond me.
Inspiring interview with Veronika Scott, who makes coats that turn into sleeping bags at night and a bag during the day— and gives them out to the homeless for free.
One Year Later
Holy crap. Today marks the one year anniversary of my move to New York! That’s crazy. I can’t believe it’s been a year, and more than that… I can’t believe everything that’s happened in that time.
If experiences were currency, I think I would’ve joined Warren Buffett on a Forbes list somewhere. My life has been very very good.
Look at this. In the past 365 days, I traveled to all of these places:
- Las Vegas
I saw every one of my best friends. I spent days with my grandparents. I became closer with extended family. I had visitors: my parents, my sister, my aunt and cousin, old friends, new friends, lady friends. I saw more than 50 comedy shows. I performed my first five minutes of standup. I made tons of new friends. I went hiking and camping and skiing. I rode in a convertible with the top down even though it was freezing outside. I drank whiskey on my roof well into the wee hours. I played the hell out of my ukelele. I even rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
To my family and friends— thank you for your support, encouragement, love and generosity. Thanks for making me believe in everything. It really has been good— this life. And I am grateful.
What does this next year hold? Delta Sky Priority? Learning French? A PGA Tour card?! Who knows. But the bar has been set. And you sure as hell better expect some adventure.
After giving us half a day of their time to answer questions, tell stories and show us around, one of the villages we visited in Mali last week presented us with these gifts… five handmade chairs, a hand-woven bowl and four chickens. As a way of saying thank you.
Chickens that cost about $4 each — from people who earn about $6 per week.
Chickens that could be feeding literally-starving kids and families who struggle through “hunger season” each year when their grain runs out months prior to the rain returning.
It just blows me away.
This kind of generosity makes me so happy to do what I do. To know that these 558 people could receive clean water (and have more time for gardening or earning income or taking care of their families or just resting) as a result of our campaign— or even as a result of this blog post… nothing could be more fulfilling.
If I may nerd out and drop a quote here real quick… Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
The people in Makuy Village absolutely showed that to me. And I can’t wait to show it to them too.
If you want to help: charitywater.org/donate
Adorable. Don’t give up on it— it’s worth the five and a half minutes.
Book trailers?! I’m into it.
This song was the moment I was hooked on American Hustle.
Well this is unbeatable.