A couple of evenings ago I was dragged to an exhibition (I secretly wanted to go) about maps. I’m not a map enthusiast, and after many hours of looking at maps, I’ve discovered I never will be, but I found myself being inspired by the stories behind some of the exhibits.The first that caught my attention was the story of Phyllis Pearsall who in 1935 became lost on her way to a party, despite having a map on her. Ironically, it was her father who had founded what at that time was the country’s leading map company, but she became so frustrated with the situation she kept finding herself in (pun intended), that she decided to take matters into her own hands. Pearsall walked over 3,000 miles and checked the names of over 23,000 streets, determined never to get lost again. Using all the information she had gathered, she eventually founded her own company. It started off slow but eventually came to be the country’s leading map company and created what we now know as the London A-Z.
Isn’t that inspiring? She quite literally had to take things into her own hands (or feet?) in order to make change, the change that she wanted to see happen. Life is showing me that if I take matters into my own hands, I can create the future I want! With patience and determination I can create change!
Also, apparently there was a musical about her… How did I not know about this?
Anyway, there were plenty of other gems but I’ll leave those for another post.