I've always been one to prioritize adventure above all else, but being a college student comes with many caveats; this being one of the biggest. Throughout my time at school I've learned a lot about myself- what motivates me, what inspires me, and most importantly, how I value my time. And unfortunately I've found myself incredibly restricted by time. From taking weekend trips to the mountains, to getting lost alone in nature with my camera, I've somehow locked away my creativity by stressing about mundane things such as exams, presentations, running an entire student organization, and maintaining my social life. Watching my sense of adventure decrease as I grow older has instilled a great fear within me. Should I be worried that I truly enjoy writing emails, or that I really would enjoy going to sleep earlier than later? Or are these simply normal attributes that come with age? Adventure really can’t be lost forever, can it?
This was the question I found myself asking every day, reflecting on who I used to be, becoming complacent with where I was. I learned that transitioning from high school to college just means you have more responsibilities; some harder than others, and some that take up what used to be "free time.” But this simple concept made me begin to value my time more, pushing me to deal with what I must and making most of the time that is left. I love school, don’t get me wrong. The collegiate atmosphere is enticing, pushing you to new questions and heights, but we all have those moments where we’re scrolling through Google flights instead of finishing that paper, or deciding to teach ourselves a new language the night before a test (which I'm very guilty of). But this is only because we are human! We are driven by curiosity, adventure, and passion. So, after much thought, I looked at our next school break and then booked flights for my boyfriend Noah and I for Easter break. Noah had never heard of Banff before, and many haven’t. It’s one of Earth’s natural wonders, and I am convinced that Canadians are keeping it on the down low so it stays that way. For others, this has been a national park on the bucket list for years.
We went to Canada for only four days because that’s all the time we had, but we had experiences that will be with us for a lifetime! From dog sledding through the Canadian Rockies, hiking up ice canyons, walking over miles of frozen lake (questioning whether we were going to crack it in half and freeze to death), to having amazing $3 lasagna, drinking beer crafted with maple syrup, and watching elk stick their tongues out at us. Now it’s your turn. Don’t push your adventure back. Do what you must, and then go have your fun because you deserve it. Whether it’s a four-day trip to Canada, or a one day trip to your favorite spot, don’t get stuck in automatic- find your passion. Where will it take you?