From dining well at Capitol Cider, riding the ferris wheel at Pike's Pier, or shopping till we drop at all the local stores, we were living the dream.
There is no way that words will be able to describe the happiness that flowed through me throughout the entirety of this trip, but I can tell you how it has impacted my life forever.
This trip was a mere 4 days, 2 of which involved traveling. Though we only had two full days to make the most of the city of Seattle, we succeeded. This amount of memories and happiness that was achieved in such a short time led me to understand that it is not the future that I need to be thinking about. It is the present. (I mean isn't the present a synonym for a gift for a reason??!)
I am known to be a planner, needing to map out everything so that we don't miss what we want to do, but this trip was planned in the now. We went out into the city with no plans, stumbling upon restaurants, shops, activities and new friends. Each and every moment was a surprise and a gift. We were able to experience so much good.
At home, I am forced to plan out my week, month, and year. I am required to think about the future and try to plan it before it has even happened. And while being prepared and putting thought into what you want is important, it can become to much. Why? Because every detail will work itself out with or without you there to plan it.
Stop thinking about what college you are going to get into, what job you will have, who you will marry, how you will die, etc. etc.. Think about where you are right now, because that is the most important. If you don't enjoy the present and fully embrace it, you will never be able to enjoy the future when those dreams you thought about and planned become your present.
Seattle was lived in the present. And it really was a gift. It was a much needed break, but also a reality check that there is so much good and happiness in the world which is being covered up by the news recently, and by the unknowns that all this news is handing out. Are we going to be in a war with Syria? And what is the new acceptance rate to my dream college? Those are the gifts that the future give us. Worry, stress, and unknowns.
But the present is giving us so much more, and it is so forgotten. Take it in and act now. Make the change, don't wait for it, and walk aimlessly through the new city, because each and every time, everything will work itself out for the better.
And most importantly, just have fun! You never know what those new friends and unplanned experiences will bring you. Thank you Seattle.