My trip to DC was an unforgettable experience to say the least. Between seeing President Trump and Vice President Pence, touring the White House, and enjoying time with good friends, there’s not much else I could have done to make it more enjoyable…other than the fact that I only got 13 hours of sleep in three days haha. It was worth it though, and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. We even went to the Holocaust Museum, which left me speechless. I’ve learned about the Holocaust in school, but never to that extent. I wish I had the words to describe it, but it’s definitely the sort of thing you have to see for yourself.
All in all, I simply had a great time. There’s no other way to put it. I didn’t workout. I ate what I wanted. I chose to be flexible, and that was the best decision I made throughout the whole trip. If you had told me last year that I was going to miss school to go on a trip I would have called you crazy. School’s my top priority, so why would I miss it to go to a political conference when politics are not my thing? To be completely honest, missing the gym would have been a deciding factor, too. Now, I see things like this as opportunities to expand my horizons. I gave my body a much needed rest. I made new life-long friends, and most of all, I made memories and grew as a person.
I’ve realized over the last year that the gym isn’t everything. Healthy eating isn’t everything. Living is everything, and that entails challenging yourself physically and mentally. That means trying new things and learning about other cultures and places. It means stepping out of your comfort zone. I’ve said it time and time again: stepping out of your comfort zone is the only way you’ll ever grow. It’s the only way you’ll ever become the person you want to be because it’s the uncomfortable experiences that offer you new realities. They open doors and give you the ability to see the world in a new light. That’s the only way you can make a decision about what you want from life. Some people thought it was weird that I was going to a political conference because they know I don’t like politics that much, but I’m glad I went. My mind was opened up to new ideas and ways of thinking. Did I agree with everything? Nope, and that’s perfectly okay because the great thing about this country is you can believe what you want. You can make your own decisions. All I did this week was educate myself, and go with the flow. What more could I have asked for?
I guess what I’m trying to say is step out of your comfort zone. Try to see things from someone else’s point of view. Take a leap of faith and do what makes you scared. Trust that everything will work out and have faith. God will bless you and watch over you 🙂
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9