In my life there has been many people and quotes from others to remind me that life isn’t just about getting to your destination. It’s about what happens along the way, the places you see and the people you meet. If I were to stay in Wisconsin my whole life, I would have missed how small I felt staring up at Mt. Rushmore. I never would have witnessed all that it takes to create the Walt Disney World magic, and to make dreams come true. The chills of the Colorado air at the peak of Red Rocks would have passed me by, and the exquisite city of Las Vegas would have remained just an image from a movie. Las Vegas in a lot of ways was portrayed just like the movies, but there is so much more to it when you step off the plane. The movies will tell you that It’s hard to know the time in a city with bright lights, but you don’t realize exactly how bright those lights are until they shine through your hotel room at 4 a.m. The movies never show the homeless person outside the Bellagio begging for money, all the while inside The Bank, a Bellagio club, dollar bills are dropping from the ceiling. The world is full of glamorous sights and places, but I knew if I didn’t witness them personally, then I would allow the media to control my perception. I didn’t want someone else to skew my mind of the actuality of these cities, landmarks and theme parks.
The Bucket List
It is very common these days to have a Bucket List and to spend part of your journey crossing achievements, adventures and dreams off that list. However, I was never an avid follower of creating my own bucket list, mainly because it seemed cliché and who needs a list to entice you to do something? Well after my trip to Las Vegas, where I saw the beauty and glam but more importantly the slums and the homeless I decided I had found something worth creating a bucket list for. Although, unlike others whose lists seem endless, my list only contains one adventure on it. I want to step at least one foot on all fifty states in the United States. I want to actually hear the hustle and bustle of New York City and listen to the Country twang of Nashville. I want to dance in the rain in Seattle and stand on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Someone once told me, “Life isn’t about the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.” I want to find the places that take my breath away.