Hi, friends! Thanks for joining me for another Friday. I hope by this point your work week is winding down and you have some fun plans in store for the weekend! It’s been a pretty good week around here; I took some extra time on Monday to spend with my dad for Father’s Day, had lunch on Tuesday with a friend who has been traveling the world and whom I haven’t seen in almost four years, enjoyed dinner with M and some great friends on Tuesday night, caught a screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? on Wednesday that I managed not to cry the entire way through… and now suddenly it’s almost the weekend and we’re gearing up for those commitments!
In the midst of all this busyness, I’ve still managed to find three things to love this week! Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:
1.) National Geographic’s Places You Need to Visit in 2018
Need some inspiration for an upcoming vacation? Check out National Geographic’s 2018 Best Trips compilation. I found this list particularly interesting because it features some really unique destinations such as Harar, Ethiopia; Tétouan, Morocco; and Labrador, Canada, in addition to perennial favorites like Vienna and Dublin. Even Cleveland, Ohio, made the list!
I’ve been to a few of the suggested destinations in the course of my travels (Dublin, Santiago, Phnom Penh), but there were others on the list that I’m aching to discover! In particular, I keep hearing more and more about the wonders of Georgia and its capital city of Tbilisi, and I have long hoped to make it to Petra in Jordan.
Many of you are probably familiar with Tim Ferriss, entrepreneur and author of The 4-Hour Workweek. M is a fan (he’s a super hard worker and a bit of a productivity junkie) and recently pointed me to an episode of Tim’s podcast entitled “Lessons Learned Traveling the World.”
Not sure why he thought I’d enjoy that, but whatever 🙂
In this episode, which is a little less than an hour and fifteen minutes long, Tim highlights segments of interviews from four previous podcasts that all have to do with the subject of travel. His guests are internationally renowned travel writer Rolf Potts, entrepreneur Kevin Rose, “Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan, and Wired co-founded Kevin Kelly, with topics ranging from how technology has impacted the travel experience to visiting Tokyo on the cheap to near-death experiences and the epiphanies that stem from them. It’s an interesting listen, and the brief nature of each interview makes it easy to take in the podcast in smaller pieces if that’s easier for you. I put it on while I was doing some cleaning and the time flew by!
3.) Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
On Wednesday night, some friends invited me to join them for a screening of the new Mister Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I eagerly accepted, being intrigued after
sobbing through seeing the trailer (above) a few weeks ago.
I have to admit that I didn’t grow up on Mister Rogers in the same way that many of my peers did, since we didn’t get PBS when I was a kid. I would, however, get to indulge in shows like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood when we would go on vacation or visit family and friends, and that was always a special treat. My appreciation of the person Fred Rogers was and his impact on generations of children has only grown over the years, and my lack of daily viewership as a kid by no means lessened my enjoyment of this sweet and timely documentary.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is well worth an hour and a half of your time. It’s a loving look into the life of a man whose gentleness, kindness, and concern for the mental and emotional wellbeing of children seem so sadly unusual in the world today. I learned a lot about what compelled Mister Rogers to create the show that he did and gained a whole new appreciation for his efforts to help children confront and deal with difficult issues through the medium of television. I hadn’t realized the full extent of how much he acknowledged and helped children process topics like divorce, death, low self-esteem, and even political assassination, or what a groundbreaker he was in terms of hot topic issues like race (such as inviting a black police officer character to share a kiddie pool and towel for his feet on a hot day in an era when African-Americans were being chased out of swimming pools with cleaning chemicals).
And yes… I definitely teared up on more than one occasion.
Do something good for your soul and check out this film. You’ll leave feeling like you want to help make the world a place worthy of the vision Mister Rogers had for it.
That’s all for me this week! Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you soon!
What have you been loving lately?
Which of the 2018 Best Trips would top your list?
Did Mister Rogers have an impact on your childhood?