I honestly don't remember exactly when I met Maggie.
I was living in San Francisco and working for the San Francisco Weekly at the time. Either she commented on a number of my Instagram posts, or vice versa, but we had a great rapport on the Internet, I figure we eventually try this real-life friendship thing.
Luckily she didn't kill me (don't go meet strangers from the Internet, kids) and we really hit it off. I got to know her on a very personal level, beyond Instagram comments and randomly finding each other at Dolores Park.
We've been there for each other during tough times and when we questioned our own self worth. She's always been someone you couldn't tie down, and has a great explorative spirit but no matter how far she was, she always was there if I needed someone to talk to.
And now I'm talking to her in front of all of you.
G: I keep doing this, and mentioned what you're currently known as, above, which is a wanderer and how you always have to travel. Most recently your latest trip was to China. What’s one of the most breathtaking place you been to?
M: China was super amazing. Mostly because of the food. The monuments were beautiful of course and the Great Wall was incredible but the food was really the cultural experience I had been hoping for. I remember I went out to eat and the menu was of course unreadable to me and so I pointed at a few dishes that were really cheap. Maybe like 3 yuan which is less than $1 US dollar. I remember sitting waiting for my food and being brought a mountain of dumplings and squid. It was truly breathtaking.
G: What’s one of the biggest hurdle you’ve come across and had to overcome in your life?
M: My biggest hurdle is accepting that I am not going on a linear four year track to graduating college. I took some time off to travel and have been going back and forth between City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State for about two years. At first I was super upset with myself but then I realized that I was living the life that I chose and I liked it. I am super happy with my choice to not take out a student loan and instead save money and going to school when I can afford it. I think a lot of college kids don’t realize that life is happening now, not just when you get out of college.
G: There’s always been this vibe I get whenever I’m around you that’s strangely comforting. I feel that it’s because of how you live your life. What is your philosophy on life, in how you live it?
M: My philosophy on life is to have high expectations for yourself and be thankful for what you have and what you have achieved. I love people and I appreciate them for their lessons and all they have to offer and in turn I feel I want to offer my strengths to others for them to vibe off of. I think it is important not to be in competition with each other in a negative way but rather see each other as pieces to life’s puzzle. We all gotta be there to make a picture!
G: What is one of the happiest moment in your life, and why does it hold that spot in your heart?
M: I think one of the happiest moments in my life to date was this amazing trip to Thailand I took with my best friends. We decided to take this boat trip in Phuket where we would explore caves and a bunch of hidden oases. We spent all day paddling around this island on kayaks. At the end of the day the sun had set and we all were out floating in the ocean. Our guide was telling us about luminescent plankton and told us to put our hands in the water. When we dipped our hands into the sea to cause ripples the whole area around us lit up like a galaxy of stars. It’s odd to say because that moment was so brief in the day but it really made me realize how magical the world is.
G: I like to end these five questions with something simple. I’ll round it back around and have it relate to the first question; where do you want to wander off to next?
M: I’ve been to Europe already and have done the whole Euro-trip thing but I think my next trip will be the big one where I actually make the move abroad. I’m looking at Florence, from what I have heard its a good place for expats (an American who moves abroad) and I may even be able to enroll in school there. So I am now studying Italian. Lo molto eccitato para mio il prossimo avventura! Chao mi amici!
You can follow Maggie's life through her instagram @maggieinthemission