My name is Jim Smith and I’m about to embark on something that seems incredibly illogical and I wanted to share why and how I am planning on walking across our country. If you know me, you know that my children are THE most important thing in my life. I don’t often speak highly of myself but take pride in the many compliments I have gotten as a father and our relationship. I have always been one who enjoys people and respects life and its beauty but over the last several years that has changed. I have been involved with people both personally and professionally that have literally drained me and changed who I am as a person. I have become jaded, indifferent and even a bit angry. One day earlier this year I was walking my daughter home from the bus and she said “Dad, you’re right. People DO suck”. It floored me. For all the good I have done, what a tragedy if my legacy to my children is to have them think that people are bad in general. While watching a movie recently I had an epiphany and put this plan into action about 8 weeks ago. I intend to walk across the country about 20 miles at a time, relying solely upon the kindness and hospitality of my fellow man. I will leave York, Pa with about $6 in my pocket to purchase some water and stay hydrated. I have resigned my position at work and have limited savings so I am doing so knowing I will be returning with no job and possibly not even my house. I will simply approach strangers and explain what and why I am doing what I am and ask if they would have a couch I could sleep on for a night and allow me to shower in the morning before heading on my way. I intend to journalize the trip in it’s entirety. My estimation is that it should take me between 5-6 months to reach San Francisco. The main reason for doing so is that I am hopeful I will be able to look my kids in the eye when I am done and confess “Guys, Dad was wrong. People do not suck and there are many good people among us”. That is my hope. A secondary reason is to write a book about the journey and more importantly the people I meet. I think it will be a great read. When I first told a few people of my plan there was more than one who thought me a fool. They showed me websites about people who have crossed the country. But this is different. This journey is not about me as an individual and accomplishing a feat like climbing Mt Everest or walking the Appalachian Trail. This journey is about the people I meet…complete strangers who I hope are receptive to me, just an ordinary fellow man, and who are willing to help me in my endeavor. Thank you for your support, your prayers and well wishes. Please feel free to reach out to me in any fashion. This will be a long difficult journey and your texts, emails and tweets will help keep me motivated- Jim
Amanda Todd Legacy
Folks if I share one story of my journey, let this be it… Please take the time to watch this video of Amanda Todd. If you are a parent you MUST share with your children. If you are a human, watch this and ask yourself questions… I have. This is so important to me and I have had the privilege and honor to talk with Amanda’s mom, Carol. I’m sorry for her loss but admire her strength in letting others use this as a learning tool. So much love.