Before I came down to the US, 10 months ago, I thought that National Parks were a combination of Disneyland and the zoo. I didn’t really know what they really were. I thought it was just one of those touristy things, that people want to see when they are in a certain area. Now that I’ve been to 3 of those parks (Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree and Olympic National Park) I have a better idea of what a National Park is. It is a piece of nature where you can walk and drive (yes, drive!) around in for hours. Another thing that I thought before I actually visited one of these parks, was that you would have to park the car at the entrance and then start to walk in order to see what you want to see. The parks actually have roads, which makes it a way different experience. You can park at the start of any trail you’d like to hike on, do your hike, come back for a little picnic in the area and drive to the next interesting spot.
When I hike and I arrive at one of the highest points of a certain place, I love to just stand or sit there and watch the gorgeous view. It makes me appreciate the simple things in life. It makes me realize that the world is such a beautiful place and that it’s a waste of time to just sit at home and not explore. It makes me think about the many places I’ve seen in my life, thanks to both my parents and I. I love how my parents took my sisters and me on a trip every year and showed us some great new places that we hadn’t seen before. What I also really appreciate is that they taught us, ever since we were very young, that it’s so important to work and earn your own money. I’ve been doing weekend jobs and summer jobs ever since I turned 18, which has allowed me to travel by myself to places that I love.
When you’re young and you have the ability to pay for your own travels, it’s the most rewarding feeling. There are many young people of my age who still depend on their parents to pay for whatever they need, and even though our parents could pay for us, I think it’s just not always a right thing to do. When they do that, it’s hard to grow up and to be independent. Just think about it guys. Being able to follow your dreams and not having to thank anyone but yourself for making that happen… Isn’t that the ultimate feeling of freedom?
What did you work/save for when you were young? Let me know in the comments below!