25 Oct

Inspire You, Inspire Me

I received a very sweet email this week from Christina of MeetUsInMunich. She said I could share it with you.

Hi Gillian,

I’ve been meaning to write this email for a while– thanks for commenting on our blog! It’s really silly, but I felt star-struck. I’ve been following your blog for a while. I would read it at work as we were secretly planning our getaway. I loved all your adventures and insight and advice. And it also gave me the encouragement and courage to take the first step to going around the world. So, thank you!

By the way, your post on India…now that we’ve been there, I so get what you’re saying! :D

Take care,


Of course it boosted my ego a bit and maybe made my head swell slightly…I mean did you read the part about star-struck! But it also reminded me of how we never know of the effect we have on other people.

I realized a while ago that no matter how humble I feel, or how scared I am, or how giant my own steps seem, that there are people who look to me for inspiration and courage.

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And I like it.

I like that people are inspired by me. That I have made a difference and helped someone overcome some of their fear to get where they are going.

Because I still look to others for the same thing. I think we all do.

I remember the first comment I got from a fellow blogger. When I realized it wasn’t just my mum reading. When I had to start thinking about who the audience was. And it scared the shit out of me!

And so I looked to bigger bloggers, more experienced travelers, and better writers to look for clues as to how I could do what they do. I watched as they expanded themselves, took risks and moved forward seemingly fearlessly and I emulated them on a much smaller scale.

But it’s also about connection. I followed those people and listened to their every word because I felt connected to them. I could see something of myself in their stories and, just like Christina, I would read them as we secretly planned our getaway.

The difference between inspiration and dreaming is that inspiration moves toward action while dreaming is static. Those who dream of one day doing something likely will never get there. Those who are inspired to do something will keep reading, and planning, until they get there.

It’s no different for me today. I still look to those that are doing what I would like to do.

I’m glad, Christina, that you wrote to me. It really did make my day week month! And, as I said to you in my email, I have no doubt that there are people who also read your blog and feel the same way!

19 thoughts on “Inspire You, Inspire Me

  1. You have inspired me for years and will continue to inspire me forever. I truly look up to my much shorter sister. Keep up your amazing insight, you inspire many.

    • Ok…really, I’m not that much shorter! Thanks Paula. It means a lot to me that you would write that. I love you.

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  3. Well said, Gillian. A big part of why I write about our adventures on my blog is because I hope it inspires someone who is dreaming about doing what we are doing. Because I once was the dreamer (still am the dreamer,actually), and it really was reading about normal everyday people like me who were on these types of trips that pushed me into actually doing it. It seems to me that more and more, people are blogging about travel to try to make a living, and while I like some of those blogs, my favorite ones are written by people who write mainly for the love of writing and to inspire others to travel.

    I think you were one of the first bloggers whose blog I had read in the past to comment on my blog, and it made me happy to know that someone out there was reading what I was saying. I relate a lot to your blog because I feel like you have a lot of the same motivations for and reactions of traveling that I do, and I bet you have inspired others besides just Christina and me.

    By the way, I absolutely love that picture; where was it taken?

    • Thanks Amy. I agree, it was the regular, every day, folk just like me who inspired me to step out too. It really was about ‘well, if they can do it then why can’t I?’ The picture is from Goreme, Turkey where we got up super early to see all the balloon riders float over the valley. It was magical.

  4. “The difference between inspiration and dreaming is that inspiration moves toward action while dreaming is static.”

    Wow, I love that. Thanks for your lovely post and all your kind words. You certainly continue to inspire me, and I am certainly still a little star-struck. ;)

  5. I feel the same way. I love that I inspire people. It makes me feel good inside that by taking action and putting myself out there I helped make someone elses life better or more enriched. That feels awesome! It makes it worth dealing with haters for that!

  6. It makes me proud to be your friend when I see that you inspire people. Gets me all warm and fuzzy.
    I also get to feel like a big shot, like I am part of your entourage, when I get to name drop that I actually know ‘The’ Gillian from One giant Step. :-)

    • @Lisa: You are definitely part of the ‘entourage’ (for whatever that might get you)…thanks for your support.

  7. Hi Gillian,
    Definitely you are an inspiration to girls planning their RTW escape at work (me). I remember when I started reading your blog even before you took off and emailing you with questions. And…I did go to Goreme and took that ballon ride after reading your post and looking at your pics! Are you planning Part 2? :-)

    • @Ninfa…thanks for following along! I’ve been following you through your travels too…good times! Part 2…let’s just say it’s getting harder to be at ‘home’ the longer we’re here…just have to figure out how to be responsible and continue!

  8. not only was that an amazing post…..but the picture! it seriously took my breath away! now there is inspiration!

    • Thanks Johnny. I think we can all get jaded when we do something for too long and forget about why we are doing it. Even long term travel can become as arduous and boring as a 9 to 5 job…the trick is to keep it fresh.

  9. Gillian, I feel envious. This is one of the best comments you may get as a blogger who shares her experiences at life, specially the ones that explains other countries. I’m impressed.

    What you’ve described shows how deeply Christina has also been impressed as well. Good luck with blogging experience!

    Rahman Mehraby
    Destination Iran Travl & Tours
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