Love. It is what Valentine’s Day is all about, right? Roses, chocolate, special Valentines on your desk or in the mail? Certainly that is the “Hallmark” version and the one we all grew up celebrating.
Love Life. Sure, that is most people’s goal but how about truly LOVING LIFE?! Meet Steve Fugate who despite some pretty terrible life events does just that. Steve loves life so much that he started a LOVE LIFE Walk across the country (as in the United States) and has so far crossed the country six times! Zig zagging through all 48 of the contiguous states, over purple mountains of majesty and through amber waves of grain, propelled only by his two feet is a reminder to himself and others to simply LOVE LIFE.
Why would someone go to such lengths to remind us of something so simple? Steve is walking to “mend broken hearts while still beating” and his message is spreading love, smiles and healing each and every place he visits. Once upon a time Steve faced tremendous loss and made a choice to live through and beyond the pain; he would NOT allow his heart to break by choosing to LIVE. Through walking, Steve discovered inner peace and freedom from heartbreak.
On a March morning in Vero Beach, Steve took the first step, Love Life sign in hand, on a walk that has already surpassed 30,000 miles. He averages about 25 miles per day on his LOVE LIFE WALK, pulling a donated trailer and expects to be 69 or 70 years old when he finishes the walk on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon.
Why? Steve lost his son Stevie at 26 to suicide and his first walk was in Stevie’s honor. Six years and thousands of miles later, Steve learned of his daughter’s death by an accidental overdose. Searching for answers, he realized he held the answer on the sign above his head: LOVE LIFE.
Steve’s inspiration comes from a desire to share the love he would otherwise be sharing with his children with the people he meets; many of whom are deeply distressed either at a loss or are considering giving it all up. That is until they see his LOVE LIFE sign and strike up a conversation. His attitude, gratitude and perspective are amazing:
What more could one say? Steve Fugate and his dedication to bringing the love of life to others is inspiring and a wonderful story for Valentine’s Day.
LOVE LIFE. The end.
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