One Day Down, A Summer’s Worth to Go

I am officially Wyoming bound!

Woke up bright and early to finish (or so I thought) packing my car and left around 7 am to start my westward journey. About 45 minutes away from home I realized that I forgot a good chunk of clothes. That’s great. I may or may not have slapped the steering wheel upon realizing this. I could have turned around, but I didn’t want to add another hour and a half to my ten hour drive.

Goodbyes are always hard for me, so I cried intermittently across the state of Illinois before I got my act together, because that’s just who I am as a person. If I’m not crying over something even mildly upsetting then I’m having an off day. It’s going to be so weird to not see my friends and family for almost three months.

BUT! Once the initially apprehension wore off, it felt really freaking cool to be traversing across the country on my own. I told my mom last night that this feels like leaving for college for the first time, but with more of a “I’ve got this” attitude. And that’s how I felt today when my four-hour playlist kicked in for the third time. I’ve got this. I’ve proven myself as a student, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a co-worker, and now I’m ready to prove to myself that I can do it all on my own.

I’m so ready for this adventure. I’m ready to serve as an Americorps VISTA member this summer and put my passion and experience into practice. I’m ready to explore a completely new state and to venture south to Colorado for more fun and games in the state that I fell head over heels in love with last summer. This is all absolutely electrifying and terrifying and that’s how I know it’s right.

Tomorrow I’ll finish my journey to Laramie, WY. Fun Fact! Laramie is over 7,000 feet above sea level, nestled into a valley between the Snowy Range and the Laramie Range. So basically I’m going to pass out from the altitude while I’m hauling my stuff up to my third floor apartment.


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