It has finally happened!!! I HAVE MET HER!!! Its all too much. There are almost no words to describe it but alas I shall try. After years upon years of meeting/stalking celebrities and collecting memorabilia, I finally have the ultimate piece of my collection. But to appreciate what this has meant to me you have to first understand what Samantha Brown has meant to me. About 6 or so years ago, I stumbled upon her show Passports to Europe and was totally intrigued. While I have always wanted to travel she became my teacher, my mentor via television. Since our “meeting” I have followed the places she has gone, the tips she gave, and the inspiration she provided to want to do the same things. It was always a dream of mine to be able to meet her and tell her that she gave me the world. So last weekend when I was attending the aforementioned NY Times Travel Show, the opportunity FINALLY presented itself. I was first online to meet her after hearing her speak so passionately about her work and how it changed her life. It was the first time I was ever truly star struck and it wasn’t just because she was a star. Our meeting was everything I hoped it would be and more. She was so kind, gracious, and funny it felt like I had known her for years. And well I had.
You know that sound a fingernail makes when it scratches against a chalkboard? You know that feeling the sound of that action gives you? I, like most people, hate that sound. I instantly feel like scrunching my shoulders up to my neck and closing my eyes. I feel the exact same way when I am using an emery board to file my nails. This annoying sensation has a name: “grima” which is Spanish for disgust or uneasiness. This term basically describes any feeling of being displeased, annoyed, or dissatisfied someone or something. It is a feeling that psychologists are starting to pay more attention to as it relates to our other emotions. Emery boards are traditionally made with cardboard that has small grains of sand adhered to them. It is the sandpaper that I believe makes me filled with grima. According to studies that are being done around the world, it is not just the feeling that we associate with certain things like nails on a chalkboard or by using emery boards