Still A Hugger…And So Much More

2 New Hugs (1 friend of a friend at Andy’s Burgers, 1 new friend at Smith’s Nursery)

I am often asked what it is like since ending my year. I don’t know what to say, it feels, well, kinda the same. Except I am only writing about it a few times a week. Sometimes I wonder why I am not still writing every day. I miss it. It was an extension of me and incredibly therapeutic.

Take today for example. I hugged someone new at Smith’s Nursery. Just as I was asking her for a hug she exclaimed, “Oh, you are that hug person!” I confirmed that yes I am and as I drove away all I could think of was how excited I was to share that experience with you. It began as a year long journey of hugging but it truly became a lifestyle that I know I will live for the rest of my life. I understand now just how much that simple gesture can potentially make in someone’s day, week or even life. I have occasionally gotten bogged down with the wonder of how I can attract more attention to what I do, but really all that matters are those few people who are changed by what I do. Don’t get me wrong. I like to think that even without the internet and the option of sharing my journey by writing about it I would still do it, but it’s the people I know I am affecting that draw me to the computer day after day making me want to share my every experience.

Why does that draw me to share my experiences you ask? (ok fine, maybe you didn’t ask but I will tell you anyway) Because I know you feel it to. You are here because you want to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself. You want to affect the world and know that you have made a difference. If you haven’t already, you will. I know this deep down in my soul because you are searching for it. And really, isn’t that half the battle? If you are just waiting for that nudge to push you forward, consider yourself nudged.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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