Michael Jackson’s Got Nothing on This Guy

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I came across this video a few days ago and have watched it so many times, I just had to share. I challenge you not to laugh (and cry) while viewing. Oh, and make sure to watch it with the sound on; it’s more touching that way.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

I love this video for so many reasons. Matthew Harding (of Where the Hell is Matt?) succeeded in dancing his way around the globe and uniting countless strangers of all walks of life along his journey. And he’s freakin’ hilarious while doing it. Read his About Me, and you’ll be crying out of laughter. Matt, if you’re reading this: I love you, man.I think Matt sets a great example for homebound Americans (and other nationalities who don’t get out much) that there’s so much of the world out there to see. So be like Matt and do a little exploring of your own! It can be done, ya know, even without a trust fund (seriously, traveling can be cheaper than you may think — and if you don’t believe me, shoot me an e-mail and let me convince you). So many friends and acquaintances of mine — the Lost Girls, Holly, Lisa Lubin, etc.—have quit their fabulous jobs to travel around the world for an extended period of time, and I’m definitely an advocate for this act of bravery (I’ve never actually done it myself per se — unless you count my extended stints living in Europe—but Scott and I will get around to this eventually, I assure you). Although, not everyone lucks into a sponsorship like our little dancing friend here, but hey, whatever works. After all, I made a career out of my wanderlust, too, (clearly)—you just have to get creative!

  • June 26, 2008

    i *wish* i could be like that…maybe when my kids are older. there’s so much of the world i haven’t seen!!!

  • June 26, 2008

    I agree with you 100% – if we put our minds to it, we can accomplish anything, and it is possible for normal folks to travel the world.

    I am also planning to take time off and travel for 3-6 months around the world. It won’t be happening in the next 2 years but I am taking steps right now to make it happen. Right now I am working on paying off all my credit card balances, and I should be done by the end of the year (whew!). Next year and the year after that is dedicated to saving and figuring out how to like what I do and make money at the same time. What do you think?

  • June 26, 2008

    i heart matt.

    I cry at this video. Partly because it is beautiful and partly because I have seen so FEW of those places yet.

  • June 26, 2008
    May Vanderbilt

    This is amazing! I love this dude. I love when people who are bad dancers embrace it. It’s awesome.

  • June 26, 2008
    Nothing But Bonfires

    Ha! I remember watching this video RIGHT before I embarked on my epic trip around Asia, and thinking I should try and do something like this. I pored over his website for days. And then I promptly forgot all about it until right now. Whoops.

  • June 27, 2008

    This is AWESOME!!! Great video, I love it.

  • July 3, 2008

    I just love this. I don’t think I’ve ever cried at something I couldn’t stop smiling at – except maybe my kids. What a great video. I’ve thought of so many people I want to share it with.

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