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Serentripity: The History of Fun
Someone suggested that, since Heather, Cheryl, and I will be pushing out on our Fifth Annual Serentripity any day now, I should take a moment to share the history of Serentripity. How it started, why it started, and its purpose.
I wish I had a headier answer, but really the history of Serentripity is based on good and simple F-U-N.
It started five years ago on a hot July day in Texas when Katie, long-time friend and partner of the House of Shine, and I decided to take a road trip. When we left my house early that morning the only thing we knew was that we were in hot pursuit of some ice cream.
July is National Ice Cream Month, so our goal was to have fun playing Scoop-The-Reporter, while searching for a newsworthy story about, well… a scoop of ice cream.
We had no plan, no set destination, and no preconceived ideas about what kind of story we were looking for. But boy, did we have F-U-N! All along the way we made stops at places that looked interesting, we took lots of pictures, and we solicited suggestions from strangers about where to go next. After a long and circuitous route, Katie and I ended that day at an infamous ice cream shop in Denton, Texas – a place neither of us had traveled to before.
But the experience was so much fun, we knew we needed to do it again.
So we did. Only the next time we invited Heather and Cheryl to come along and we refined the process a little bit. We set a start time and determined the finish time would be at exactly 2:18 p.m..
The “why”, though remained the same; be together, while having F-U-N.
The reason we continue carving out a day each summer for this annual trip has become clearer as the years march on:
We value the investment in our friendship, that one day a year we all commit to clearing our calendars;
we love the exercise of being both open and curious, as we travel from person to person and town to town ready to receive our next set of directions;
we enjoy the day as an opportunity to spread shine, by doing random acts of kindness and by leaving our shine message in every town we visit;
and we are inspired by the stories that await us each year at 2:18 when we finally stop the car and discover why fate brought us to our destination.
But really, again, the purpose is the same as it was five years ago. F-U-N.
Our trip will be underway next week at this time and we expect to be broadcasting the experience, via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Stay tuned, as we are hoping to include some of you in the next chapter of our book, The History of F-U-N.