Nothing shows you who your friends are like trying to win a trip around the world!
I've entered the My Destination Biggest Baddest Bucket List contest. If I win, I'll be spending 6 months wandering the world writing blogs and creating videos -- in other words, doing what I'm meant to do. I've got a ton of competition, but I'm determined to succeed by any (legal) means necessary.
Since all the voting is via social media, I've been spending a lot of time on Facebook. A lot of negative crap can go down on there, but the past day and a half have been heartwarming to say the least. The friends who have shared my link so far have all said such unexpectedly lovely things about me and why they think I deserve to win. And it's not just my nearest and dearest, either -- several people I haven't seen in years have popped out of the woodwork to share my link, catch up a bit and wish me well.
But the biggest surprise came this morning. I had commented on a post made by an old friend from high school, and shortly thereafter I got a message from a non-Friend, asking if I was "THE Kelly Winger, from WELLAND?!" It was a girl I hadn't seen since our early high school years. We were probably the two goofiest girls in school -- she used to call me "Kelly Winger, worm eater"! Oh man, the laughs we used to have! We didn't really travel in the same circles though, so when I switched schools in my last year we lost track of each other. I often wondered what had happened to her. The years went by as they tend to do, and then suddenly here she was popping up on Facebook! And it turns out she'd always wondered about me too! We had a lovely chat about our lives thus far -- she married a great guy we went to high school with and has two beautiful little girls. It was so nice to reminisce about our silly times together. It's crazy to think that, if I hadn't entered this contest and started spending extra time on Facebook, we might never have gotten back in touch.
Like I said at the start, I'm determined to win this contest. But if by some evil chance I don't, the well-wishes and renewals of friendship are their own reward.
Wanna help me live my dream?
Just click on this link, then share via the social media links in the green box on the right. I get one vote for each platform that you vote through. And don't forget -- if you've got a GMail/Google account, you've got Google+!