Megan Sullivan, who’d dreamed of traveling the world for years, had had a bad month. On her blog she writes that she’d fallen 50 feet while rock-climbing at Yosemite, had the distinct pleasure of being hit by a car, and, because all bad things come in threes, was then diagnosed with skin cancer. All in one month! While this would trip up a lot of people (how many of us would just take to our beds?), Sullivan decided that she wanted to do something special to remind herself of how precious life is. So she dropped everything, packed her bags, and realized her dreams of seeing all seven wonders of the world in one hectic and joyous 13 day trip.
Buzzfeed reports that Sullivan, who was diagnosed in 2015, began to question the meaning of life even before she was hit with the life-threatening news:
“It all started in Yosemite Valley, where I had been training for three years to climb the nose route on El Capitan,” Sullivan told BuzzFeed. “I was 2,000 feet up when I took a terrifying 50-foot fall. After a fall like that, I started to question everything… from why am I putting myself into these scary situations? What am I trying to prove to myself, or better yet, to the world?”
All excellent questions. And especially good ones when you’ve been dealt a “trifecta of bad luck” as Sullivan puts it. So, even with people questioning her choices, she stayed home from work, bought plane tickets and spent 13 days chasing her dream. In a little less than two weeks she’d done everything — from touching Christ The Redeemer in Rio, to walking The Great Wall Of China, to speeding along on a skateboard in Turkey. She’d also traveled more than 28,000 miles, visited 15 countries, and (most harrowing of all) took 15 flights to get there. If you’re counting along at home, that averages out to one flight a day (sometimes more) in less than a fortnight! On her blog, Sullivan writes that people have inundated her with concerns about her “mental stability,” but just a glimpse of the pictures she posted to her Instagram shows that what everyone should really be asking is, “what can I do to give myself this much life-affirming joy?”