197 years ago, Dr. James Parkinson published, “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy”. Today his former home is marked with a simple plaque. The search for that plaque was the focus of run #43/44 in my journey.
In the Preface to the article, Dr. Parkinson wrote, “The disease is of long duration: to connect, therefore, the symptoms which occur in its later stages with those which mark its commencement, requires a continuance of observation…these advantages the writer has had the opportunities of availing himself, and has hence been led particularly to observe”. Many times throughout my travels and since, I’ve been asked what was the most important thing that I learned along the way. Similar to Dr. Parkinson’s advantage of observing those with “shaking palsy” over time, the most important discovery I made was the result of the advantage of observing so much of the world in such a short time.