Tour life – it really is hard to describe what life is like on the road; but one thing that is certain is that it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life so far! Team Samurai, my team, which is of equal value to the other team (:p), just finished up another week full of shows! But what has been amazing about this week for me is that we are on Vancouver Island and I think it is the most beautiful place on earth!
One of my favourite parts about tour is staying with the billets who host us in each community – I don’t know how we do it but we almost always manage to stay at amazing places with amazing people. This weekend we are staying at the Grozell’s, and they live right along the ocean. Being able to fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore was just the icing on the cake to this week. Then, this morning I decided to walk along that shore and besides seeing seal lions, which was so cool, I really got to reflect on my journey so far. The early mornings, the dropping of equipment on my toes, the nervous butterflies I get before every time I go on stage, and the moments when a student reaches out to me.
I have always wanted to take my story and turn it into something positive by helping someone else, and through this tour I have been able to do that countless times. I know that each time I walk off that stage that I’ve gotten to someone, that someone was really listening to me, and that is the greatest feeling! Seeing myself in the students that talk to me afterwards and being able to tell them that the circumstances are not their fault is an indescribable feeling. And having those same students tell me that I helped them realize that their lives do matter, that I had an impact on them, makes all those early mornings and bruises worth it! It is an incredible feeling knowing that my voice, my small voice, has been heard all the way from Hamilton, Ontario, to schools along the west coast of Vancouver Island. My voice, my small voice, doesn’t seem very small at all anymore. I used to wonder what my purpose in life would be, what I would end up doing after I was finished high school, and although I could never have imagined in my wildest day dreams that I would be writing these words about myself, here I am. To define tour is to define myself because what you receive from tour is defined by the amount of awesomeness you put into it! Every day is so different, while being so the same, and it is crazy how well that balances out. I love where I am, I love my team, and I love where I am going! This tour has shown me the power and influence I have on the world and it is a really uplifting feeling; I know I can go anywhere and do anything I want to do in the world and I know this because I have decided to Live Different!
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