"I can jump out of a plane, but everyday life terrifies me."
Pierce considers herself a gypsy. We hit it off immediately. In true couchsurfing style, we were sharing wine and mysterious cheesy bread (direct from Colorado) before we had even properly introduced ourselves. And that's the magic of travelers - when we find each other, we are at home.
Like old friends, we discussed family, friends, love, jobs.....
And the meaning of life. At the moment, travel is her purpose and slam poetry is a daily affirmation:
The story that she poured out to me was amazing, and the passion I could see in her eyes was even more powerful. Pierce told me how she got here, and not just physically. The hurt, the fear, the curiosity that pushes a person to trade in an apartment for a car and live off a restored faith in humanity.
As I write this, we are sitting on my floor, me writing, her playing guitar and singing. And it seems so completely natural. Two strangers that let down all their walls to open up to each other.
The lesson you need to take from this video and this traveler?
"Acceptance. Things happen, and you get damaged. You give parts of yourself to people, and other just take from you. You will never get that back. This is you now. Accept it."
Move forward. Get up. Get out. Get there.