In memory of Anthony Bourdain; a true hero in my eyes.

Many know Anthony Bourdain as a famous chef with a popular travel series, but he embodied so much more. Bourdain was on a mission to understand the deeper meanings of humanity all around the world. He celebrated culture, human connections, and of course international cuisine. He cherished bringing people together to bond over a delicious non-traditional meal.

When I think of “empathy”, I think of Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain truly lived with authentic intention and spoke the wisest, most honest and insightful words. You know those truthful yet questionable things that we think about, but feel as though we can’t say them out loud? He said all-those-things.

Bourdain’s curiosity and enthusiasm to explore the world made a huge impact on society.

Bourdain’s edgy travel shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown showed him experiencing uncensored and unfiltered life all around the world. Through these series, Bourdain gave so many of us the courage, motivation, and confidence to explore the world ourselves. 

He was a huge inspiration for me and my husband when we decided to travel around the world for 6 months.

Anthony Bourdain is a constant reminder for us to break out of that bubble [within a bubble] of conformity and rotate our perspectives as often as possible. There is an entire universe of possibilities out there; we need to think bigger and beyond.

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”

In his memory, we can’t forget about Bourdain’s long term struggle with mental illness and how his life ended.

One of the biggest reasons Bourdain is such an inspiration to me is because he dealt with so many demons that took up space in his mind for way too long. However, he still persevered and lived life to the fullest up until his last moments. We need to use his memory as a reminder to take care of our minds daily, and focus on finding our most positive frequency. 

Let his wise words live on…

 “As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life —and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

RIP Anthony Bourdain.


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