“The silence was deafening and seemed to last for ages. Then came the immense pain. It wracked our bodies from within, vibrating in huge waves. Almost as if we were a chorus, the gasping began as the wind that was knocked out of our lungs rushed back in at the exact same moment. Six gaping mouths groaned back to life as we realized we had been in an accident. Being in the back of the truck bed of the mini tuk tuk, we never saw it coming.”
“Her sandstone body is never more than a foot tall. In some frames her skin is green lichen; in others, she is missing a nose or an arm or a leg. In every photograph, she is dancing, silently defying both gravity and time.
For the rest of my afternoon in the temple she seems to leap out at me from behind every wall – as though she might be trying to tell me something. I feel compelled to take her picture each time I see her.”
“Knowing almost nothing about Australia, I booked a flight from Toronto to Oahu, Oahu to Sydney and a flight out of Melbourne to Singapore on a whim. If I had all of this time, and was going to the other side of the planet, there was no point in being cooped up in a plane the whole time! I felt compelled to see all that I could – when else would I ever do this again?”
“It would be years later when I realized I wasn’t just going to survive, I was going to thrive. Just as the break up was an acute breaking of heart and spirit, this realization was an acute moment of clarity and empowerment. It was the moment I saw the words: “I’m sorry” pop up on Facebook and my heart didn’t flutter, my heart didn’t even care. Why? Not JUST because I had grown, moved on, changed my dream, served other people, hugged animals, leaned into God, survived that mess but also because I had just got back from Everest.”
“Not only did we have very little money, it now looked as though we might go hungry.
At this point we could have gone into panic mode. With no idea how far the power outage spread and how long it was going to last, our situation was looking dire. Were we going to be able to get to the airport later? We had no idea.”
– Ashlea Wheeler
“As my flight left Toronto on its way to Tel Aviv I knew that I was about to have the most amazing experience of my life. What I wasn’t expecting, was that my current reality would become distant memory and my life would be turned upside down. To call this a love story would be the understatement of a lifetime. However, what I’ve come to realize is that there are no words to describe how deeply I fell for the country, the people and for him.”