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    Apple days

    You sit in the office late at night, looking out in the window

    You meet Steve Jobs in the cafeteria

    You work on some super cool new tech and get to see first Apple watch prototypes

    You attend annual Christmas parties

    You brainstorm with your team on some new data visualization

    You get an office with your name tag on it

    You drink free beer with coworkers at a happy hour

    You live a techie's dream

  • AND THEN YOU GO ON VACATION... AND THEN YOU GO ON VACATION... AND THEN YOU GO ON VACATION... AND THEN YOU GO ON VACATION... AND THEN YOU GO ON VACATION... AND THEN YOU GO ON VACATION...

    AND THEN YOU GO ON VACATION...

    A friend of yours books "Extreme Adventure" package to Peru because it was "on sale".  

    "You know how to mountain bike, right?", he asks.  

    "I know how to bike," I reply.

    "It's almost the same thing" he says.

    And so on the FIRST day of this "Extreme Adventure", you break your shoulder fipping over the handle bars right after two stray dogs attacked you.  

    And on the LAST day you throw up and poop non-stop for 16 hours straight from the worst food poisoning ever

    But you survive...

     

  • Then you even visit Burning Man Then you even visit Burning Man Then you even visit Burning Man Then you even visit Burning Man Then you even visit Burning Man Then you even visit Burning Man Then you even visit Burning Man

    Then you even visit Burning Man

    Photos by Pavel Antonov

    Because someone asks you to play in Burning Man lottery for them

    And you win, and now you decide, what the hell, lets go

    You meet this awesome photographer who takes a photo of you in a tutu

    and you are biking across the Burning Man desert..

    and you are puzzled

    and you are confused

    and you are in AWE

    But utimately, you learn a new word, "serendipity"

  • And then you travel the world And then you travel the world And then you travel the world And then you travel the world And then you travel the world And then you travel the world And then you travel the world And then you travel the world

    And then you travel the world

    Because one day a friend asks you,

    "Have you seen this movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?"

    Because your cousin (who you have't talked with for 20+ years) reaches out,

    "What are you doing in March?  Lets climb Moroccan mountains with us", and you carelessly agree

    Because another friend you only met for 1 day 3 years ago reaches out,

    "Hey, we're going to Nepal, to the hidden Kingdom Mustang, do you want to come?"

    Because... what else is there to do?!

     

    and you ride

    and you climb

    and you get inspired 

    and you think

    and you think some more

    until you can't think anymore and feel like you have to do something

  • And so you get in the saddle And so you get in the saddle And so you get in the saddle And so you get in the saddle And so you get in the saddle And so you get in the saddle And so you get in the saddle And so you get in the saddle

    And so you get in the saddle

    Because there's one language that speaks to our hearts regardless of what language we speak

    Because artists need help, support, love, appreciation and money (doh!), wherever in the world they are

    Because Art Therapy is real, and while we still don't know exactly how it works,  we do know that it heals and reaches the deepest depths of our inner selves

    Because the ancient city of Lo Monthang, Nepal could turn into another faceless, poor, tourist trap or can be known as the city of Thangka artists.

    Because mass-manufactured, soulless art prints from IKEA just aren't gonna cut it

    Because art is not just for super rich, art is for everyone

    Because ART can make a difference