Jason and I were at Iona filming updates for the Nomadness RV Takeover...needing food, before I turn into my bitchy version of the Hulk, we popped into Avenue Deli, on North Ave. The way these guys throw down my favorite eggplant roll, hasn't changed in a decade.
Eating, Jason and I were going over all the amazing news that's hitting with Nomadness, when I had this orated revelation... "I graduated from Iona seven years ago."
I remember being a senior and seeing those who had graduated just three years prior come back for basketball games, and how awe stricken they were with new students. Well I can officially say, I don't know anyone on that campus anymore, outside of faculty. Even my residents have since graduated, gotten jobs, had babies, and been married.
These two ladies were eating next to us, and one interrupted the conversation between Jason and I.
"I'm graduating in like 83 days and I'm freaking out.'
Honest and candid, the rest of the conversation followed suit. In the midst of all the stress that is building Nomadness and this RV/College Tour specifically, she played the part of my reminder. As she stated that she saw herself, in seven years, as me...I indeed saw myself, seven years ago, in her.
And if I could write a letter to my past self, giving any advice, it'd be: "Don't worry. It will all work out as it should. Find what you love, and do that sh!t."
She was also my reminder as to why the College Tour was started in the first place, and why it's such an integral part of the nation wide RV Tour. It's students like her that fuel people like me. If I had someone come to Iona, years ago, and approach me with an initiative like Nomadness, it would have been OVER!!! So for that, I thank her. In the middle of all the craziness, as this thing approaches, I'm reminded...I'm on the right path...Don't stop, keep going.......