I grew up right outside the city limits and right before the country farms. Technically I was part of the country, the redneck area, the boon docks, whatever you want to call it, and i loved it! I have lived on the same road in the same house my entire life, so I knew nothing different.
But when I came to college I realized that what my hometown people and I have referred to as a city is not really a city at all. For us, what constituted as a city was that is had a Walmart, the mall and some restaurants (mostly vast food, but sit down ones too). Not a place rooted in deep history or with a super busy downtown. So now that I have had the opportunity to explore large, popular cities I am confused on how they can be the same word at all. This is why when I get to travel to “The City” I feel like I am seeing it all through the eyes of a child. It is like I have been out on the sea for ten years, completely extracted from the world, and I am experiencing every little thing for the first time!
I walk around and my eyes are overwhelmed with everything I see! All the cars racing by, all the humans walking in one way, the city air, the plant life, any monuments. Everything. Everything just seems so fascinating and I am sure whoever is with me has to tune me out or rolls their eyes at everything I say, because I point out the smallest, inconsequential of things (Sorry to all my teammates and Jessi). I literally stand and marvel in the different air, like what? That’s so strange. Here is an example of a conversation I can have with myself or whoever is around:
“Whoa! Look at these trees. And this pebble sidewalk. And that color on that building. And man oh man this building is ridiculously tall. Ooo ooo! And even their bathrooms are different too! Can people please stop honking, so rude and impatient!”
It is like I am seeing everything for the very first time. The smallest things catch my attention. The city seems to never stop going, which mean there are so many possibilities!
Currently, I am in D.C. and I traveled to Nashville, Charleston and NYC last year. All three places were beyond beautiful, inspirational and invigorating in their own way! You better believe I walked everywhere, explored everything and was the adult looking like a kid!! I have found that this exploration gives me so much energy and excitement that I never want to end. When you choose to look deeper than all the hustle and bustle you may find joy in noticing even that smallest aspects that make these cities so special!
I believe there is magic in every place if you are just willing to look! Now if only my wallet matched my desires….one day. one day.
Spread contagious Joy & Laughter.