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Mid-life Crisis Becomes 11-Year Walk for Peace

Mid-life Crisis Becomes 11-Year Walk for Peace
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Nothing appears unusual in the photograph of a couple taken August 18, 2000, just before Jean Béliveau left Montreal to walk around the world. But the story of one man’s midlife journey and the patient wait of his partner, Luce Archambault, is anything but ordinary.

Most people whose businesses fail go through some sort of depression. When it happens during the middle years, we call it a mid-life crisis and struggle to set ourselves back upright. Béliveau is unique in turning his into an odyssey.

Archambault is unique in supporting his quest, with only once-yearly visits. As faithful as the Greek Penelope, she wrote regular newsletters, maintained the wwwalk.org site and fielded media questions the entire 11 years.

When 56-year-old Jean Béliveau reaches Montreal on October 16th , he will have worn out more than 4 dozen pairs of shoes walking over 75,000 km through 64 countries, carrying with him the dream of peace and freedom from violence for the children of the world.

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6:41PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Nice, great job Archambault!

10:30AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

How inspiring! ThanK YOU ! And thank you for sharing!

Best wishes-
-Holly

1:45AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Impressive! And I thought only in films this can be...

2:52PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Great story!

5:29AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:40AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Wouldn't it be great to be able to do this? To go and see the world and meet people from all walks of life. To walk the beaches of the Atlantic and the Pacific. To see the huge congested cities and the quiet small towns on every continent. It would be an absolutely inspiring trip.

6:17PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

thanks for telling the world

6:17PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

wow

6:07PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

love this story, really makes you think

6:03PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

great

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