So, I have pretty big news … I’m going to be leading guided walking tours sponsored by the Chestermere Historical Foundation this summer! And also, doing some contract work for my buddies over at Walk the YYC (more on that soon).
A few weeks ago, my sweet friend Paul made this comment on Twitter after I posted some photos of the Metis cabin in Inglewood. I had visited it that day for no particular reason. There was no historic festival happening, I stayed for a few minutes and then went on with my day. He said,
I like your idea of fun Shelly. Historical places over bars any day.
I must tell you that my whole entire life I’ve felt uncertain about the things I like to do. I like to sleep in my own bed every night. I like old places. I like quiet things. I need my experiences to have meaning, not intensity (the world is quite an intense place for me already).
When I travelled to Europe, I felt so nurtured by the options to tour cathedrals (“cathedral” is my favourite word, by the way), go for walking tours of many varieties (my personal favourites will come as a surprise to no one … I loved book/literary tours the best).
I keep wishing that there were more quiet things for us introverts to do. And, since I can’t find many, I’ve decided to make some. Some of us are happiest when we spend time in nature, take daily walks, have moments to reflect, and stories that bring us context, meaning and hope. That’s the kind of story I want to tell (there will be some fun ones too). My role here on this planet is to give people new eyes, to help them to see their surroundings in layers, and to fall in love with their own homes — feeling grounded and regulated and even more loving.
History, especially local history, is so helpful with this!
I should add that when Paul originally made that comment, our amazing friend who goes by Baron Von Awesome responded with this,
I like historical bars.
Yes! And, pub walks are great fun for a lot of people and believe me, I can see why they are so popular. I love an awful lot of extroverts! Some of us would prefer a tea or coffee stop though. And, I think after the tours are over, you can decide for yourself what would make the end of your night just perfect.
My tours are free, and you’re welcome to come along!