Before I visited Alaska, I had only been driven by one pursuit: to become extremely successful in something that I loved doing, specifically writing. And by successful I mean Kardashian successful. During this process I forgot that there were other people outside my small suburban world. Imagine looking through a tube at a slice of stale bread when there's a room full of cheese cakes around you. The horror of it.
By visiting Alaska, I was exposed to a completely different way of life. I'd visited other places-- some on different continents-- when I was younger, but I wasn't old enough to realize how seperate my situation was from other people's. But seeing the way others lived in the tiny Alaskan cities, unconnected by roads, and just how satisfied they were and happy together, made me realize that there was more to this world than money and work. Their houses were weather-beaten and small, and the weather cold and rainy, but the people never seemed to mind. They just enjoyed life and the stunning nature around them.
And let me tell you, that made me feel like such a spoiled little city girl.
I guess, in the fast-paced lives we live, we often forget that there's something outside of our bubbles. We turn into goldfish, only concerned with when the next bit of food, or pay check, comes in. And in a world where the ideal picture of success is money and letting champagne arc over you and onto your butt, I know I forget that there are places in the world like Alaska. Places where people come together in the freezing rain simply to be together, where there are still raw, craggy mountains and untamed woods.
I'm still pretty ambitious. I will probably always be. But hey, as long as I don't act like a goldfish or turn into a money-sucking celebrity, then I'm okay with myself. After all, Alaska did open up my tiny little mind, and probably for the better.
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***Oh, and sorry that I've been inconsistent with the weekday I'm posting on. I think I will stick with Wednesday though, as it gives me more time to write.